Disinfo: Navalny was not poisoned by novichok and Russian secret services are not involved

Summary

Novichok is a BATTLE POISONING GAS it cannot harm one person inside a plane or his cup of tea or as in Skripal’s case, rub the door handle with it. It is a gas and weapon of mass destruction it cannot harm specifically one person.

The poisoning doesn’t make any sense because Russia special services have a tradition of killing their enemies and terrorist like they did with Trotsky, Konovalets, Bandera. If Skripal had been a missed target for them, they wouldn’t have use the same technique for Navalny. There are many simple and efficient techniques to kill someone and bury his body in the forest. But Navalny was deep in debts (t 30 million roubles according to court decisions) and interested nobody.

Disproof

The story advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting the Skripal and Navalny poisoning as wholly unconnected to Russia.

Some forms of the chemical weapon range known as Novichok are stable as a powder or a gel and can be easily carried in perfume bottles for instance and used on a surface. It has been established widely publicized in the Salisbury poisoning.

The argument that Russian secret services always succeed and since Skripal and Navalny are still alive, cannot be taken seriously since the aim of a poisoning with a rare poison is not limited to the elimination of a target but as in any terrorist attack aims at creating a psychological impact in the entourage of the victim and in the general public. Moreover, the act itself can be denied arguing that it is the consequence of common health issues. Recent history shows that several public figures were poisoned and survived.

To see more stories on Navaly poisoning : Many questions to be answered on Navalny blood tests in Berlin , US hopes that the Navalny case will lead to the cancellation of Nord Stream 2 , West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: French, English, Russian, Serbian, German, Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Skripal, novichok, GRU, Amesbury poisoning, Sergei Skripal, Alexei Navalny

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