Disinfo: Navalny case is a special operation used to put pressure on Putin

Summary

The US and Germany are trying to extrapolate the situation with Navalny to Vladimir Putin, who will speak by videoconference at the UN General Assembly, in order to out moral pressure on him and cause a negative reaction from countries supporting the US foreign policy.

It is not a coincidence that Washington insisted on [transporting Navalny to] Germany and Charite center. It was necessary to create a parallel with Novichok. This is a frank special operation. In addition, for obvious reasons, it was Germany that was chosen as the alleged location of Alexei Navalny because of the “Nord Stream-2”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning.

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalized in Omsk,  at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin.

According to the Berlin-based Cinema for Peace Foundation, who have arranged the transportation of Navalny to Germany, the aircraft was sent for humanitarian reasons.

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.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently present a variety of mutually exclusive versions of what happened to Alexei Navalny . Similar techniques were used to sow doubt about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal with the nerve agent Novichok by GRU agents.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, novichok, Alexei Navalny

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No evidence Navalny was poisoned; Washington and Brussels want sanctions

Poisoning Alexey Navalny could have been in nobody’s interest but Washington’s. The US does not like the fact that it cannot compete with Russian natural gas in Europe, and the German federal government and the CDU were unequivocally supporting the Nord Stream 2 project. The US failed to solve this via political pressure, so this had to be followed by the well-known sanctions policy with a good dose of Russophobia. There is no evidence that Navalny was poisoned, but this is reported as a fact by Western media from the first day. Russia was condemned by all US allies from the European Commission to NATO. Washington and Brussels want sanctions, and “surprisingly” the target might be the Nord Stream 2.

Disproof

An example of pro-Kremlin approach to blame every measure taken against Russia's actions on "Russophobia."

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny. The European Union condemned poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Western politicians did not support the German version of Navalny’s poisoning by Novichok

The statements of the German side that Alexei Navalny was allegedly poisoned by Novichok caused bewilderment among Western politicians.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning.

Similar narrative as in the case of Skripal, based on conspiracies, denials and fabrication in order to cover up Russia's responsibility. Russian propaganda has long been pursuing the claims that the Skripal case was made up to justify sanctions against Russia and was an example of Russophobia.

Only Navalny’s entourage may be interested in his death

The situation around Navalny and his hospitalization is used to put political pressure on Russia. The West staged a show with the delivery of an aircraft to transport Navalny to Germany.

Only Navalny’s entourage may be interested in his death.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning. There is no evidence that Alexey Navalny's entourage would be interested in his death.

The Berlin-based Cinema for Peace Foundation has arranged the transportation of Navalny to Germany for humanitarian reasons.