Disinfo: Navalny's poisoning was fabricated in Germany

Summary

Alexey Navalny was not poisoned in Russia. On the contrary, Russian doctors in the hospital in Omsk, Siberia, where he was transferred after he fell ill tried their best to save his life and no trace of poison was found in his blood. However, Navalny was moved to Charite Hospital in Berlin after a request by his family and although in the beginning no traces of poison were found, later it was suddenly announced that the Russian opposition leader fell ill by a poison from the Novichok group which was found in his blood samples.

Disproof

This claim is part of a wider set of conspiracy theories promulgated by pro-Kremlin media in relation to the August 2020 poisoning of Alexei Navalny. It also advances the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting a substantial chunk of Western decision-making as motivated by anti-Russian sentiment.

This claim is made without evidence and paints a truly remarkable version of events, according to which Navalny fell ill in Russia and slipped into a coma for reasons totally unrelated to poison. He was then flown to Germany where he was administered a deadly nerve agent, and then immediately treated both for poisoning with a said agent and for the mysterious illness he had developed back in Russia, resulting in his full recovery.

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.

These findings were later independently corroborated by labs in France and Sweden, and finally confirmed by the OPCW. The OPCW stated that "[t]he biomarkers of the cholinesterase inhibitor found in Mr Navalny’s blood and urine samples have similar structural characteristics to the toxic chemicals belonging to schedules 1.A.14 and 1.A.15."

Pro-Kremlin media proxies have used similar techniques to obscure Russia's role in the 2018 Skripal poisoning and in the 2020 Navalny poisoning. See here for an overview of parallel narratives which pro-Kremlin media have employed in both incidents.

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  • Reported in: Issue 228
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Sergei Lavrov, Alexei Navalny
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Poland was an ally of Nazi Germany and had a role in the outbreak of WWII

The fact that they, in the European Parliament, are condemning the Russian view of Poland’s role at the beginning of World War II is logical. On September 19, 2019, the European Parliament passed a resolution on “the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe ”, which blamed Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union for the outbreak of World War II.

This is the position of Poland, Romania, the Baltic states and many others. They want historical justice for themselves, as they see it because for 45 years they have been under the control of the Soviet Union and are now trying to punish Russia for the twentieth century.

This debate was motivated by the Russian President’s statements about World War II and Poland’s role in it. Putin mentioned that, shortly before the war broke out, Poland was with Nazi Germany. In 1938, Poland participated in the division of Czechoslovakia.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that Poland was a Nazi ally, so it should blame itself.

Claims are not confirmed by any available historical documents. Before WWII, Poland had tense political relations with Nazi Germany, which expressed open territorial claims to Poland (revision of the status of the Free City of Danzig and control over the “Polish Corridor”). Despite intense political pressure from Hitler, Poland consistently refused to become a part of the Nazi block.

Claims about Russia’s interference into US elections are unfounded

US accusations of Moscow’s alleged interference in the internal affairs of other states is an illusion, as well as a “desire to wishful thinking” in order to get some kind of external adversary whose presence helps to solve domestic political issues.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Available evidence suggests that Russian meddling the 2016 US presidential poll - which was specifically aimed to damage Clinton's campaign and aid her opponent - did affect the outcome of the vote, particularly in three critical swing states where Trump's victory margins were the thinnest.

Euromaidan was a coup led by fascists

In 2014 (…) a coup happened in Ukraine with the participation of the Nazis, who were used to taking power into their own hands, and blaming Russia for all of Ukraine’s problems of Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives painting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat, and Ukrainian politics as dominated by fascist/Nazi groups and ideology.

The Euromaidan was not a coup but a nationwide popular protest against the government's sudden announcement that it would not sign the EU Association Agreement. See the full debunk here.