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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, novichok, Alexei Navalny

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