Disinfo: Charité clinic is a political dump that is used in a special operation against Russia


The Charité Clinic has confirmed its status as a political dump. There is no doubt that the German Charité clinic would give Navalny the diagnosis they need. There is no doubt that this is the most politically engaged clinic in the world. But the Federal Republic of Germany will not be able to prove Russia’s involvement in the poisoning [of Aleksey Navalny], because the evidence does not exist in nature. The only benefit is a new informational wave that will be used by all Western media and the opposition in Russia. It was the main task of this “special operation”; it is another attempt to defame the government of the Russian Federation in the eyes of the world community.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the poisoning of Russian oppositional politician and anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny. A specialised laboratory of the German armed forces proved that Aleksei Navalny was poisoned by a military-grade chemical nerve agent of the "Novichok" group. After Aleksey Navalny was admitted to the Charité clinic, its doctors confirmed, after a careful investigation, that the Russian politician was poisoned by a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors:

"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."

See similar disinformation messages alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny's blood, and that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko.


  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, West, Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian, Information war, Conspiracy theory


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