DISINFO: Navalny and Nord Stream 2: The Americans are recouping their long-term investment in Alexei
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: asd.news (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 05, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • Countries / regions discussed: UK, Germany, US, Russia
Tags:
Skripal novichok Nord Stream 2 Alexei Navalny Conspiracy theory

DISINFO: Navalny and Nord Stream 2: The Americans are recouping their long-term investment in Alexei

SUMMARY

Russia has no benefit in the hypothetical poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. This incident cannot be beneficial to Russia, and the unfounded accusations against Moscow and the demands to suspend the Nord Stream 2 project indicate that it is a political order. Both Navalny and Skripal are already waste material. But their consequences are very beneficial to the United States because now they are trying to push through the cancellation of Nord Stream 2. The Americans, it seems, have finally decided to recoup their long-term investment in Alexei.

RESPONSE

Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny's poisoning. There are no grounds for connecting the cause of Navalny's poisoning with the construction of Nord Stream 2. A prominent Russian opposition figure, Alexey Navalny fell ill during an internal flight in Russia 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 is receiving treatment 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 Alexei Navalny. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms. Read similar disinformation messages alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny's blood, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko or that US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

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