Disinfo: Navalny has, apart from a hangover, no symptoms of poisoning

Summary

Navalny has, apart from a hangover, no symptoms of poisoning. It looks like the German authorities will have to explain to the Russian authorities how the stable patient Navalny was “poisoned”.

Disproof

An unsupported statement that Navalny was not poisoned at all. The claims are also in stark contrast to the official statements of the German government, which clearly speak of Navalny's poisoning by the military-grade chemical nerve agent Novichok.

"The Berlin Charité Hospital has commissioned specialised toxicologists from the German Bundeswehr to examine various samples from Mr. Navalny. The special laboratory of the German Bundeswehr has delivered a clear result: Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group. This poison can be detected without a doubt in the samples."

Toxicologists have concluded that Russian dissident and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a military-grade chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group. The German government condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, as did EU officials and leaders of the EU member states: France, Italy, Estonia; all demanding that Russian authorities explain how an illegal weapon of mass destruction has been used against an opposition activist in Russia.

Earlier, Navalny was treated in a hospital in Omsk but was later transferred to the Berlin Charité hospital. Only after hours of back and forth did the physicians in Omsk drop their objections to transport to Germany. The Omsk health officials claimed Navalny had tested negative for cholinesterase inhibitors.

The EU strongly condemned what seems to have been an attempt on Mr Navalny’s life.

See related EUvsDisinfo news and analysis “The German Statement Follows Goebbel’s Laws on Propaganda” The Kremlin, the Navalny Case and the Art of Denial" as well as other disinformation messages blaming the West for Navalny's condition, and alleging that only alcohol and caffeine was found in Navalny's blood.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny

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Disproof

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