Disinfo: Navalny was “poisoned” at the right time: the blatant provocation put the issue of Nord Stream 2 on the agenda

Summary

The United States is helping to split Europe

The blatant provocation with the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny, as expected, put the issue of completing the construction of Nord Stream 2 on the agenda. Opponents of the pipeline immediately took advantage of the dubious pretext to disrupt the project.

So Navalny was “poisoned” at the right time.

Disproof

This article advances recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the alleged harmful influence of the US on European politics.

Тhe article casts doubts on Navalny's poisoning and, at the same time, claims that the US uses this incident to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and split Europe.

There are no grounds for connecting Navalny's poisoning with Nord Stream 2, or for alleging US involvement in the incident. The analysis that an assassination attempt with a special poison happened at the time as tension between the West and Russia, and therefore is a Western special operation to tarnish the reputation of Russia, is pure speculation and a conspiracy theory.

Alexei Navalny fell ill on a 20 August flight from Siberia to Moscow. Initially hospitalized in Omsk, he was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin at the request of his family. Clinical findings at the Charité hospital indicated that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests revealed the presence of a Novichok-type nerve agent in Navalny's blood.

See more similar disinformation cases alleging that Navalny case is a special operation used to put pressure on Putin and that Navalny case is a project to build up opposition against Nord Stream 2,  that The West is using Navalny’s case to obstruct Nord Stream 2, that Navalny incident is a US plot to disrupt Nord Stream 2 , and that The West uses Navalny case to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and to hurt Putin.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 214
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Alexei Navalny, US presence in Europe

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