Disinfo: Navalny is a Western project to influence Russia

Summary

Alexei Navalny, who heads the liberal party Russia of the Future, is clearly a Western project designed to exert some form of permanent influence on Russia.

The West wants to use this figure [Navalny] to organise social unrest, strikes, destabilisation in Russia and new Maidans.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to discredit Alexei Navalny built around the concept of ubiquitous Russophobia and anti-Russian provocations by Western countries to encircle and destabilise Russia.

Alexei Navalny, in addition to founding the Russia of the Future party in 2018, is also the founder and leader of the "Anti-Corruption Foundation" (FBK), which has investigated embezzlement from the state budget, uncovered the lives of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the government and different corruption practices. FBK's goal is to eliminate corruption. Their funding comes from donations and therefore the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation recognised FBK as a "foreign agent" due to the Russian "foreign agent" law, since they receive donations from outside Russia. However, FBK does not agree with this claim and is appealing it in court.

Alexei Navalny was arrested following his return to Russia from Germany, where he was treated for poisoning with a Novichok-type chemical nerve agent. The European Union has condemned his arrest and demanded his immediate release.

See further disinformation claims that Alexei Navalny is a depleted political project; that the neo-liberal forces behind Navalny will intensify their attempts to destroy Russia; that Navalny is used as an instrument by Western special services and that the West needs Alexei Navalny to destabilise the situation in Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Alexei Navalny, Destabilising Russia, Nikolay Patrushev
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The "handwriting" of Kyiv puppeteers was discovered in Russia

The “handwriting” of Kyiv puppeteers, who had a hand in the protests in Belarus, was discovered in Russia. “Demanding justice” activists of unknown origin, probably began to prepare raids on security officials who controlled order at illegal actions (street protests) in support of blogger Alexei Navalny.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Alexei Navalny, Belarus and Ukraine, and Ukraine being somehow involved in the protests in Belarus, and now in Russia.

The article cites an expert, who says that there is a Telegram channel about Russian "punishers", where "they" intend to "drain" the data of the security forces. And, allegedly, it is controlled from Kyiv. But, as usual, absolutely no evidence is given.

The West needs Alexey Navalny to destabilise the situation in Russia

The West needs this “leader”(Alexey Navalny) to destabilise the situation in Russia, for social upheaval, strikes and new “Maidans”. What this can lead to, we see the example of Ukraine, which has practically lost its independence.

Disproof

Disinformation built around the concept of ubiquitous Russophobia and anti-Russian provocations by Western countries to encircle and destabilise Russia and Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny. The article also contains a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about lost sovereignty undermining Ukrainian statehood.

Alexei Navalny is a founder and leader of the "Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), which has investigated embezzlement from the state budget, uncovered the lives of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the government and different corruption practices. FBK's goal is to eliminate corruption. Their funding comes from donations and therefore the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation recognised FBK as a "foreign agent" due to the Russian "foreign agent" law, since they receive donations from outside Russia. However, FBK does not agree with this claim and is trying to appeal it in court.

The West needs Navalny to create new “Maidans”

Western countries need this “activist” [Alexei Navalny] to destabilise the situation in Russia, for social upheaval, strikes, and new Maidans.

We have the example of Ukraine where this can lead to, with Ukraine in practice having lost its independence.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, aiming to deflect the authorities' responsibility in his poisoning attempt and to discredit him by portraying him as a puppet of the West, and another example of disinformation narratives about the 2013-2014 Maidan protests and Ukrainian statehood.

Contrary to the claim, which is not backed by any evidence, Alexei Navalny is an independent Russian politician, not a pawn of any foreign government.