Disinfo: Navalny's employee could have been involved in the poisoning, to worsen EU-Russian relations

Summary

Judging by the data that is available, including insider information from German intelligence services, it is obvious that Maria Pevchikh could have been involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

Is it possible that an ordinary FBK employee can perform such clandestine international functions and be included in such high circles? No, of course, it is quite obvious that there are big people behind it, who, obviously, do not reside in Russia, but are somewhere in Britain.

In half face masks and sunglasses, recognised by all, but kind of incognito, they [Yulia Navalnaya and Maria Pevchikh] go to the Charité clinic. They bring good news to Navalny’s ward: relations between Russia and the European Union deteriorated to the end, the task is completed.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

The Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation FBK's employee Maria Pevchikh, accompanied by lawyers, found the plastic bottle in Navalny's hotel room in Tomsk, which later allowed German experts to establish that Navalny had been poisoned with a highly toxic substance from the Novichok group. No German intelligence experts suggested Pevchikh herself was the suspect.

The use of multiple and simultaneous versions about an event involving questionable actions by the Russian government or its allies, in order to confound citizens searching for the actual truth, is a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation strategy, already seen in the cases of the MH17 downing, the illegal annexation of Crimea, the murder attempt against Sergei and Yulia Skripal or chemical attacks in Syria.

Read similar disinformation messages alleging that Navalny is an agent of the Russian special services, that Navalny was not poisoned by Novichok and Russian secret services are not involved, that Alexei Navalny, originally an anti-Russian project, was poisoned by his sponsors, or that the Americans are recouping their long-term investment in Navalny.

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  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny
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Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

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Disproof

The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US presidential election.

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Europe is falling apart and only Russia can save it

Europe is falling apart and this process continues for a long time. Europe is falling apart because it has lost its spirit and people are afraid to discuss issues. Only Russia can bring the spirit back to Europe.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse.

There is no evidence to support the claim that the EU is falling apart. The EU's political institutions - the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the European External Action Service and others - are functioning. The leaders and governmental representatives of the EU member states have regular meetings to discuss different issues on a common agenda.