Disinfo: Navalny poisoning may have been planned by the West to impose sanctions against Russia


The Navalny poisoning may have been planned by the West to impose sanctions against Russia.

It may have been planned “from the beginning” by Western authorities and that “in the end there will be sanctions against the Russian Federation”. Western interests want to force “an unwelcome state out of Europe,”

Navalny was playing the role of an actor who was positioning himself on German soil “against our interests”.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning and also a pro-Kremlin approach portraying every measure taken against Russia's actions as Russophobia.

Russian opposition figure Alexei 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 was treated at Berlin's Charite 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 Navalny.

In fact, Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent while inside Russia.

On 14 September, the German government provided research by two more independent laboratories in France and Sweden, which confirmed the presence of poison from the Novichok group in the body of politician Alexei Navalny. As explained in Berlin, samples taken from Navalny were sent to these two countries for an independent investigation. In addition, samples were also sent to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which will conduct its own research.

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

Read similar disinformation cases alleging that the Navalny poisoning could be a strategy of the West to introduce anti-Russian sanctions, that there is no evidence of Navalny poisoning, West wants to stop Nord Stream 2 and that another reason would be found for sanctions, if there had been no Navalny.


  • Reported in: Issue 214
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: EU, Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, West, Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Sanctions


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