Disinfo: Navalny poisoning could be a strategy of the West to introduce anti-Russian sanctions

Summary

The poisoning of Navalny only benefits the enemies of Russia.

The current discussion about the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny could be a brilliant strategy of the West to introduce further sanctions against Russia.

This matter exclusively benefits the interests of the EU and the USA.

Disproof

An unsupported conspiracy theory claiming that the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny was a secret project to introduce sanctions on Russia and to prevent the construction of Nord Stream 2. There are no grounds for connecting the Navalny case with  sanctions on Russia or the construction of Nord Stream 2.

A prominent Russian opposition figure, Aleksey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then, he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charité Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided  “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Aleksey Navalny.

The European Union condemned the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

See related disinformation cases alleging that the US hopes that the Navalny case will lead to the cancellation of Nord Stream 2; the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny as with Skripal and Litvinenko; 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: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Alexei Navalny

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