Disinfo: Navalny might have been injected with Novichok on the flight from Russia to Germany

Summary

So far, there has been little public discussion of the fact that Navalny could have received the alleged nerve poison during his transfer to Berlin. However, if the initial thesis of correctly acting physicians and laboratory technicians is to be upheld, this conclusion is inevitable. The “Cinema for Peace Foundation” organised the flight and it was up to them to decide who was on board. An agreement with Navalny’s team can be assumed. With thorough preparation, it would therefore have been relatively easy to inject the patient with a remedy that would later be identified as Novichok.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the poisoning of anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny presented as a series of rhetorical assumptions, suggesting a poisoning of Navalny on the flight from Russia to Germany. The transport of Alexei Navalny from Omsk to Berlin was handled by the German NGO "Cinema for Peace". The initiative "Cinema for Peace" had sent a plane from Germany to Omsk to bring Nawalny to Berlin, to the Charité Clinic for medical treatment. According to its own statements, the organisation has set itself the goal of using films to draw attention to humanitarian issues and has been organising film screenings of socially and politically relevant films. According to the director of "Cinema for Peace", Jaka Bizilj, the organisation became active in the case of Navalny because of humanitarian reasons. In the past, two years ago, "Cinema for Peace" had already flown a government critic out of Russia - the "Pussy Riot" member Pyotr Versilov was transported to Germany, where he received treatment as well. The doctors of the Berlin Charité Hospital announced that initial findings point to the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Navalny. The official Charité-statement reads:

"Following his admission, Mr. Navalny underwent extensive examination by a team of Charité physicians. Clinical findings indicate poisoning with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. The specific substance involved remains unknown, and a further series of comprehensive testing has been initiated. The effect of the poison – namely, the inhibition of cholinesterase in the body – was confirmed by multiple tests in independent laboratories."

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. See related disinformation messages blaming the West for Navalny's condition, and alleging that only alcohol and caffeine was found in Navalny blood.

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  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Country: Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny, Conspiracy theory
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Poles were the first to sign a pact with Hitler in 1934

Poles were the first to sign a pact with Hitler in 1934, hoping to participate in the “onslaught to the east.” Five years later, in September 1939, Poland paid the price for its treachery and remained on the world map only thanks to the courage of the Red Army.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany throughout the 1930s. The same article contains another disinformation message about Poland planning to partition the USSR. It is impossible to compare the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact of 1934 with the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact as the former was a standard international agreement aimed at the mutual recognition of borders and a declaration that existing political contradictions would be solved through diplomatic tools. There is no evidence that this pact contained any secret protocols, which assumed common aggressive actions of Germany and Poland against the USSR or other countries. Moreover, the pact did not include any agreements on advanced political, economic and military relations between Poland and Germany. While the Red Army's contribution to the liberation of Poland is a fact, it did not achieve it single-handedly as is often suggested by pro-Kremlin narratives. The article fails to notice that there was a strong resistance movement in Poland, the Home Army, Armia Krajowa. It was one of the largest resistance groups in occupied Europe, numbering over 350,000 soldiers. In August 1944, as the Red Army was approaching the Eastern Suburbs of Warsaw, Armia Krajowa organised an uprising against the Nazis. But the Soviet advance stopped, allowing Germans to regroup and destroy the city during the suppression of the uprising, which lasted 63 days. The Home Army was disbanded on 19 of January 1945 to avoid civil war and armed conflict with the Soviets. Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland such as Poland posed a military threat to the USSR in 1938-1939, Nazi Germany considered Poland its best ally, if Poland realised a rational policy in 1939, Moscow would have had a different approach towards it and the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact of 1934 assumed the partition of the USSR.

EU is punishing Russia with baseless sanctions

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury and Navalny’s poisoning and also a pro-Kremlin approach portraying every measure taken against Russia's hostile actions as Russophobia. On the Skripal case The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public. The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin with the attack on the Skripals, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent. On the Navalny case Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight and was transferred to Berlin's Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in Navalny's blood samples. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms and on Thursday 15th October, agreed sanctions against six people believed to have been involved in the “assassination attempt” against Putin’s most vocal critic as well as the Russian State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, which it believes developed the chemical used to poison Navalny. Russian Novichok According to the UK intelligence assessment, based on open-source analysis and intelligence information, in the past decade, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok agents, long after it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention. Actually, Novichok was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s in a covert programme codenamed Foliant that was revealed by defectors, and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance. See reports here and here. Leonid Rink, identified as one of the scientists who developed Novichok, was cited frequently in Russian media during the 2018 Salisbury poisonings, admitted to working on the development of the chemical agent in the Soviet era. Read similar disinformation cases alleging that the Navalny poisoning could be a strategy of the West to introduce anti-Russian sanctions, that there is no evidence of Navalny poisoning and that another reason would be found for sanctions if there had been no Navalny, in addition to other cases alleging that there was no evidence of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Skripals and that Russia is accused of poisoning without proof.

The Polish anti-monopoly regulator is promoting American interests in Europe

The position of Warsaw towards the Nord Stream 2 [recent decision to fine Gazprom] looks very strange. It is possible that Poland does not even hope to win this case – it is just trying to make the Nord Stream 2 toxic, in order to force the European companies to withdraw from participation in this project. Here, Poland clearly acts as a side promoting American interests. The United States also calls upon Europe to stop its cooperation with Gazprom, threatening it with sanctions. In this situation, the Polish anti-monopoly regulator is “grunting” from another corner.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Nord Stream 2 project, suggesting the idea that particular European countries (such as Poland) protest against it because of the position of the United States. The statement that the Polish authorities are against the construction of Nord Stream 2 because of the USA’s position is a conspiracy theory. The Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that Nord Stream 2 is incongruent with the goals of the EU’s energy policy. In the opinion of Poland, the pipeline would lead to further monopolisation of the market rather than the diversification of gas supplies to Europe. A recent decision of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) regarding Gazprom is connected to the refusal of Gazprom to cooperate with the Polish anti-monopoly investigation regarding Nord Stream 2. On October 3, the UOKiK presented its decision to fine Gazprom for 7.61 billion EUR for its failure to cooperate in the anti-trust investigation conducted in relation to the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. See similar messages regarding the Polish position towards the Nord Stream 2: Polish decision to fine Gazprom for the Nord Stream 2 is directly connected to Navalny case, Polish actions against Nord Stream 2 are inconsistent with EU policies – they promote the US interests, and The concept of “energy security” has turned into an anti-Russian project.