Disinfo: Navalny’s poisoning could be a provocation by EU

Summary

Behind the situation with Alexei Navalny may be foreign states that seek to destabilise the political situation in Russia. The poisoning of the blogger could have been a “provocation” by the European Union.

It could have been an attempt on the part of foreign states to harm the health of a Russian citizen in order to create tensions within Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning.

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalized in Omsk,  at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin.

Clinical findings at the Charité hospital indicated that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

The EU condemned in the strongest possible terms the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently present a variety of mutually exclusive versions of what happened to Alexei Navalny . Similar techniques were used to sow doubt about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal with the nerve agent Novichok by GRU agents.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, EU, Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian

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Medical care received by Navalny is proof there was no attempt on his life

Navalny spent 44 hours in the hospital in Omsk, where the medical equipment used is not the best in the country. He arrived at the hospital at an unusual time for Russia (4 am), and only half an hour after the emergency signal sent by the plane after its request to land. There was no delay in the process of his rescue, which would have been a “perfect excuse” to justify his death.

As soon as Navalny arrived at the hospital, he was immediately given an injection of atropine, which stabilised his condition to the extent that the German medical team continued to use the same drug, recognising its effectiveness. This treatment, applied at the right timing, saved the patient’s life. It was prescribed by the chief physician at the emergency department in Omsk after an online consultation with top healthcare professionals in Moscow. Once again, we see unusual efficiency and effectiveness in treating a patient they wanted to kill.

Disproof

The fact that the medical staff at the Omsk hospital tried to save the life of Alexei Navalny does not rule out the possibility that he was poisoned. To argue that a complicit professional medical staff letting a patient die is the only proof that there was an attempt on that patient's life is contrary to reason, to say the least.

The preliminary test results from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin where Navalny is being currently treated indicate that the Russian opposition leader was poisoned during his stay in Siberia. 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.

OSCE refused to observe the elections in Belarus

Belarusian authorities invited the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to observe the presidential election of 9 August, but the body did not accept it. This suggests that the stance concerning the results of the election was prepared in advance.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Russian narrative about election meddling.

The article relies solely on an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and lists no evidence for his claims.

Queensland mass murderer was trained in Ukraine

Right-wing militants are treated with kid gloves and, like their Islamist brethren, are allowed to travel to Ukraine and obtain combat training and experience in the Azov Regiment. Occasionally this leads to “blowback”, as in the case of the Queensland mass murderer whose fighting skills were honed in Ukraine.

Disproof

It is not clear what the author of the piece means, referring to the “Queensland Mass Murder”. The arsonist who killed 15 young people at a youth hostel in Queensland, Australia, had no connections to Ukraine or any other European country.

It is possible that Russia-based South Front has mixed Australia and New Zealand and is referring to the 2019 terrorist attack in Christchurch, where a whites supremacist killed 51 worshippers at a mosque. The perpetrator, recently sentenced to a life-time prison term, had indeed contacts with white supremacists in Europe and US, but no connections to any Ukrainian organisations or individuals.