Disinfo: Navalny case is a jointly developed scheme of the Western special services

Summary

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied allegations that security services used the Novichok military poison. The Russian side has repeatedly expressed its willingness to cooperate since it appealed to the competent authorities of the Federal Republic of Germany with a request to present the revealed facts of poisoning. It was quite expected that Russia’s requests would not be satisfied, since their presence would have put a glorious end to the joint venture of the Western special services.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny alleging that he was sponsored by anti-Russian forces. There are no grounds for connecting either the US or UK or any Western special services to Navalny's poisoning. The activist fell ill on a 20 August flight from Siberia to Moscow. Initially hospitalized in Omsk, he was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin at the request of his family. Clinical findings at the Charité hospital indicated that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny. See here for an overview of, and similarities between, Russian disinformation campaigns surrounding the 2018 Skripal poisoning and the 2020 Navalny poisoning. Read also analysis about “lines of defence” for the claim that Russian authorities have nothing to explain in the case of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, Read similar disinformation messages alleging that Navalny is an agent of the Russian special services, that Navalny was not poisoned by Novichok and Russian secret services are not involved, that Alexei Navalny, originally an anti-Russian project, was poisoned by his sponsors, that the Americans are recouping their long-term investment in Alexei, or that Alexei Navalny was poisoned by an MI6 agent, and that Situation with Navalny is a massive disinformation campaign of Western countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 214
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/09/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Armenian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny, Conspiracy theory, Secret services
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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and Ukraine's relations with its foreign partners. The Normandy Format talks involve the representatives of four countries, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France, who aim to resolve the war in Donbas. Each country takes an independent part in the meetings. However, the war in Eastern Ukraine is a well-documented act of ongoing aggression by Russian armed forces, since February 2014. There is no evidence to suggest that France and Germany are participants in the conflict. Read similar cases alleging that Ukraine does not advance in the implementation of the Minsk agreements under Zelenskyy, that Kyiv does not want to implement the current Minsk agreements, that Ukraine does not want to implement the Minsk agreements because it is controlled by the West, or that Kyiv has not implemented the conditions of "Minsk-2" for five years.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the protests in Belarus. The opposition movement is not "Polish-Controlled". The claim is in line with a recurrent narrative on "foreign involvement" behind any expressions of popular discontent. See similar examples here. Not one single manifestation or threat of violence have been documented from the protesters since the start of the protest movement in early August. On the other hand, police and security forces have been using severe violence on protesters and on private property. The European Union has repeatedly condemned disproportionate and unacceptable state violence against peaceful protesters in Belarus.

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Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the US presence in Europe as well as about thr Belarus protests and, in general, about protests in post-communist countries, presenting them as being organised and controlled from abroad. It accuses Poland of being a US puppet and of a plan to intervene in the domestic affairs of Belarus, which is a severe violation of the principles of diplomacy and international relations. There is no evidence that the US, Poland or other foreign forces are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus. The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair. Poland and Lithuania support the independence and territorial integrity of Belarus. Poland and Lithuania, as well as the EU, have expressed support to people protesting in Belarus. Read our past analysis discussing various pro-Kremlin media allegations that Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Soros and other foreign actors are behind protests in Belarus. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented the so-called “Solidarity Plan”, which is aimed at supporting Belarusian society, which faces harsh repressions from the side of the Belarusian authorities. This Plan has five components – support for people facing political repressions; a scholarship programme; better access to the Polish labour market; support to independent media; support to Belarusian NGOs. These steps have no connection to the alleged “active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus”. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country. See other examples of similar messages: The West supports a bloody post-election Maidan scenario in Belarus; The West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus and Poland presented a plan of active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus, and that The United States is behind the protests in Belarus.