Disinfo: Navalny might have been poisoned as a result of a conflict with his partners

Summary

The poisoning of Alexei Navalny might have been a result of a conflict with the blogger’s companion Vladimir Ashurkov and other Western partners.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning and the alleged insignificance of the activist.

On August 20 the prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said that he was in a coma and that they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital.

On September 3, 2020, the German government published a statement that described how a military laboratory, certified by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had found traces of the Novichok nerve agent in samples taken from Navalny. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Read similar cases claiming that the Navalny was not poisoned by novichok and Russian secret services are not involved that theAlexei Navalny, originally an anti-Russian project, was poisoned by his sponsors and that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian, English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny

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Protests in Belarus are driven by Americans from the center near Warsaw

The Poles have exalted themselves this week. The impression is that they again, as if at the beginning of the 17th century, are trying to arrange the Time of Troubles on our territory. That lesson has never been learned. And Poland, in alliance with Lithuania, returns to its old ways.

And of course, this whole story is not about Belarus. The goal is to make a mess of Russia. For Poland and Lithuania, this is already a centuries-old idea. Today their reanimate it. They believe it is a new chance.

There is no destabilisation in the country [of Belarus]. And you know, if it were not for the external factor, this would not have had happened. Both we and the Russians know who is in charge and from where. The Americans are running it from the centre near Warsaw through well-known telegram channels.

The Coordination Council, about which the opposition talks so much, does not represent the Belarusian society.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the protests in Belarus. See previous conspiracy claim that "200 Ukrainian extremists" are controlling the multi thousand protesters in Belarus.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.

Polish special services destabilise the situation in Belarus

The Polish special services intervened in the destabilising of Ukraine. Now, in the same way, they are interfering in the affairs of Belarus.

Disproof

This is part of disinformation campaign about Belarus and Euromaidan in Ukraine based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives alleging that the West is destabilising the situation in Minsk or in Kyiv. 

Poland has repeatedly denied such accusations. On 11 September, at a meeting of the Visegrad Group, Poland again called on the Belarusian government to stop grossly violating the rights of its own people. “We all agree that free elections should be held in Belarus. We call for the release of all political prisoners,” said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Navalny poisoning is connected with the US opposition to the Nord Stream 2

What is very clear is that if we rely on the facts, the organization which allegedly poisoned Alexei Navalny was really clumsy and amateur because the agent Novichok can kill tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people. And they are not able to get rid of a former agent in England, Skripal, or an opponent in Russia, Navalny. It is still extraordinary!

The Russian doctors saved Navalny’s life and allowed his transfer to Berlin. This is not a potential culprit behaviour. It is rather the normal behaviour of a normal country which finds itself in front of a situation which was absolutely not foreseen. Maybe there are groups in Russia who want Navalny dead. We know that Navalny is not very popular. But the accusations made go directly to the Kremlin. The Kremlin-guided poisoning thesis doesn’t make sense.

On the other hand, it is very clear, like many other instances, that this comes at an important moment in the relations between the Western states and Russia. What is at stake is the end of the construction of the Nord-Stream 2 gas pipeline disputed by the United States. There is a concomitance which is significant.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny's and Sergei and Yulia Skripal's poisoning.

There are no grounds for connecting the cause of Navalny's poisoning with the construction of Nord Stream 2. The analysis that assassination with special poisons happen each time there are tensions between the West and Russia, and therefore is a western special operation to tarnish the reputation of Russia, is pure speculation and conspiracy theory.