Disinfo: Navalny is just a tool, not a real opposition leader

Summary

Alexei Navalny is not an opponent in the political sense, he does not want changes in the country, he is just a foreign tool to change power in Russia. And he is looking for a revolution like the one that took place in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Navalny is a western project. He has some connection with foreign intelligence and it is difficult to understand the role he plays. Do they use him according to some agreements? Yes. Navalny found his desire long ago when he studied abroad, and from that time has been an interest in Western society, which was pushing opposition forces in Russia. Therefore, there is talk about him and a call for his release from detention.

Navalny isn’t really an opposition leader but he just wants to have a sit and talk with [Russia President Vladimir] Putin, thus trying to raise himself to Putin’s level.

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.

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.

Navalny, as an anti-corruption campaigner, has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court of embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.

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

Alexei Navalny was detained following his return to Russia from Germany where he was treated for the poisoning with Novichok type nerve agent. The EU has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.

Read similar cases claiming that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny; or that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia; or that Navalny is financed by the West as a fifth column against Russia; or that the US supports pro-Navalny protests to interfere in Russian politics; or that Berlin co-produced a film with Navalny to provoke Russia.

The same case has another claim that Russia doesn’t have internet censorship contrary to the US.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Alexei Navalny, Intelligence services, Vladimir Putin
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