Disinfo: Navalny is being helped by Western secret services

Summary

The allegation that Alexei Navalny was poisoned by actors close to the Kremlin is ridiculous. Navalny has been in connection with and is supported by US secret services.

Disproof

The latest disinformation narrative of pro-Kremlin actors surrounding the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalised in Omsk, at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin, where clinical findings indicated that he 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 his blood sample.

This example of disinformation is aimed at discrediting the results of an investigative journalistic report that was published by Bellingcat, CNN, Der Spiegel and Insider (Russia) about the details of Navalny's poisoning on December 14. According to the journalistic investigation, eight FSB operatives participated in the poisoning.

There is no evidence to suggest that the Russian opposition figure was, or has been, in connection with foreign intelligence services.

The responsibility of the Russian FSB in the poisoning has also been (inadvertently) confirmed by one of the Russian agents who participated in Navalny's surveillance.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Lithuania.

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory alleging that the United States develops biological weapons and has secret biological laboratories around the world. The disinformation claim also capitalises on the oft-recurring conspiracy theories about laboratories in Ukraine and the coup in Ukraine in 2014.

There is no evidence that the US creates biological weapons in Ukraine or that these activities are directed against the 'Eastern Slavs'.