Disinfo: Navalny case is an artificial scandal to hit Russia with Western sanctions again

Summary

The EU wants to destroy Russia with sanctions and it needs any pretext to impose sanctions. The alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny is such a pretext that functions as an information campaign against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative among pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets, with the aim of discrediting the EU response to the poisoning and imprisonment of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

The disinformation claim, according to which the case of Navalny is an artificial scandal created by the West, is unsubstantiated and is not backed up by evidence-based reporting.

On 14 December 2020, a special investigation by Bellingcat, The Insider, CNN and Der Spiegel identified members of the Russian FSB unit involved in the attempt on Navalny’s life. According to The New York Times, the report was also consistent with the information on the case gathered by German intelligence services. Bellingcat also provided a detailed account of the methods used to identify the FSB operatives. A week later, on 21 December, Navalny disclosed a recorded conversation in which a member of the suspected FSB poisoning squad describes how his unit carried out, and attempted to clean up evidence of, the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

The claim, saying that the EU response was fabricated in advance, is also untrue. The EU's first response came in October 2020 (the sanctioning of six Russian individuals), while the latest response was implemented in March 2021.

See earlier disinformation cases in the pro-Kremlin media on Navalny here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Sanctions, novichok
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Amnesty International admits that Alexei Navalny is a mere criminal

Convict blogger Alexei Navalny is not a prisoner of conscience, as Amnesty International concluded, miraculously admitting that he is a mere criminal. This globalist organisation has historically responded to the interests of the West, so this is a real blow to those who call for the release of this man convicted by fraud and embezzlement, and makes them accomplices of a member of organised crime.

Disproof

The claim is false. Amnesty International has explained that it withdrew its consideration of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as prisoner of conscience because he had, in the past, made comments which may have amounted to advocacy of hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, violence or hostility, which doesn’t fit in its own definition of the term. While this decision has been highly controversial, this is very different from “admitting that he is a criminal”.

Charges against Navalny are politically motivated and were presented while he was recovering in Berlin after the poisoning attempt on his life six months earlier, as a means of forcing him to stay in exile. The European Court of Human Rights, where Russia is a member, has concluded that the original charges against Mr Navalny was politically motivated. The EU has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.

EU sanctions on Russia are illegal and absurd

The EU sanctions on Russia follow no logic, which points to the fact that they are based on an absurd premeditated story supported by a media campaign.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions.

Series of EU restrictive measures on Russian individuals and entities are a response to Russia’s actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and to Russia’s use of chemical weapons in an assassination attempt against opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his unlawful imprisonment, and repression against Russian demonstrators.

Liberalism made the Westerners hedonistic, immoral and under the control of Satan

As a result of liberalism, people in Western societies are hedonistic, immoral, nihilistic and increasingly involved in Satanism. They are effectively under the control of Satan. Liberalism breaks down moral constraints and makes man a slave to his own lust, free to pursue his desires and cravings. The media in Western societies increasingly spreads Satanist values. The Westernisation and modernisation of non-Western societies is a means to Satanise these societies.

Disproof

Disinformation that combines three related pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives . The first narrative claims that Satanism is the value-system of the global secret elites, whose alleged aim is to destroy traditional religious and values, paving the way for an immoral, hedonistic and unregulated society. The second narrative is about the moral decadence of the West. The third narrative claims that the liberal West seeks to export its hostility to traditional values, materialism and perverse attitudes to non-Western nations.

There is no evidence that supports the article’s claim that people in the Western societies are hedonistic, immoral, nihilistic and under Satan’s control. This claim is not based on facts.