Disinfo: Navalny is not a politician with a programme, he is only a populist who denounce the establishment

Summary

Populist anti-establishment speech is Navalny’s only speech. He doesn’t have a more articulate speech. No matter how hard we look, we can’t find any indication of what his foreign policy would be, his economic policy, what he thinks of Russian monetary policy as it is conducted today. Does he have an opinion on how to change the financing of social protection? Does he have an opinion on how he would like to carry out pension reforms? The populist leader is the one who takes the lead in the protests, but who has no agenda.

Disproof

Disinformation message on poisoned and jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

The FBK, Foundation for Combating Corruption, led by Alexey Navalny is a Russian nonprofit organisation based in Moscow established in 2011. Its main goal is to investigate and expose corruption cases among high-ranking Russian government officials. He is also a politician with a political party (firstly People's Alliance then Progress Party when authorities refused the first name), despite the fact that the Russian authorities have repeatedly refused its registration for years based on various formal reasons.

Denouncing corruption among officials is not necessarily an anti-elite and populist agenda. Moreover, Navalny's political views are developed and practical and often publicly discussed. For example, a discussion between Paris Science Po University Professor Sergey Guriev and Alexei Navalny was aired on TV Rain in December 2020 and details his programme. The one hour programme is freely visible on Youtube in Russian with English subtitles. The transcripts are published in Russian and French. His main message is for the defence of the rule of law, pluralism and how to defend democracies against populism, not only with the lessons of the Russian example but also from what happened in Western Europe.

The claim that Alexey Navalny doesn't have a political programme or party because its official registration is refused by authorities cannot be accepted, neither that he is populist because he denounces corruption.

Read also similar stories: Alexei Navalny is a depleted political project, The neo-liberal forces behind Navalny will intensify their attempts to destroy Russia, Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation has never done any investigation.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) French
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Rule of law, NGO, Alexei Navalny, Corruption
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.