Disinfo: The Navalny setup may be related to the success of Russia’s space programme


The Navalny case strongly brings to mind the case of Skripal, which was also a clumsy setup. There are geostrategical interests in place, not only the Nord Stream pipeline but also Russia’s spectacular advances in creating a vaccine against Covid-19, and the launching of the Soyuz, which reached the international station in three hours, which reminds us of the Soviet advances in this field and the old competition with the US. This time, Russia overcame all the other players in providing supplies for the international space station.


This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which follows the same playbook as the one deployed after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in 2018, a case where there is strong evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence operatives and high-level Russian officials. Since the use of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group against Navalny has been established beyond any doubt by a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory, the claim that the Navalny case was a setup is false, and even more the affirmation that it may be related to the recent successes of Russia’s space programme.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Alexei Navalny’s poisoning in our database, such as claims that only caffeine and alcohol were found in his blood, that the US wanted to use it to block Russia's vaccine against coronavirus, that the West hopes that he dies to have an excuse for new sanctions, or that Western accusations on Navalny’s case are as false as they were about Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko.

This disinformation message appeared in the same programme than the claims that “The CIA may be behind the Navalny case, as John Brennan’s tweets show” and “NATO countries improved and used Novichok”


  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: vaccination, Nord Stream 2, Sergei Skripal, Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian


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Georgia invaded the pro-Russian separatist republic, resulting in an armed reaction from Moscow to protect Ossetian citizens, the majority of whom have Russian passports. It’s still not the same as an invasion.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian 2008 war, and presenting it instead as a conflict between South Ossetia and Georgia.

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The White Helmets, now everyone knows that this was a total fake. And no one talks about them now. Where did they go, do we know? They won their Oscar and then they left?

Yes, they probably have other parallel activities, surely of the same kind. We know that they are the ones who mounted false chemical attacks in Syria. The Russians, moreover, recently warned that they had information that others, this time not the White Helmets, were preparing a new fake chemical attack in the region of Idlib.


Recurrent disinformation narrative on the White Helmets.

The White Helmets movement originated in Syria in 2012. The organisation, which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters, states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to rendering services to anyone in need. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated airstrikes.

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Conspiracy theory.

There is no evidence that Chancellor Angela Merkel was ever recruited by the CIA.