DISINFO: Neo-liberals nominate women as opposition leaders; Yulia Navalnaya might replace her husband
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: southfront.org (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 17, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): English
  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
Tags:
Totalitarianism neoliberalism neo-liberalism Alexei Navalny

DISINFO: Neo-liberals nominate women as opposition leaders; Yulia Navalnaya might replace her husband

SUMMARY

Highly likely, Russia may face the implementation of the scenario that took place in Belarus, where the opposition leader Sergei Tikhanovsky was replaced by his wife Yulia. The nomination of a female for the role of opposition leader in so-called “totalitarian” countries is part of a neo-liberal trend that is gaining momentum in the West. Through so-called suppressed minorities and suffering women, the producers of such scenarios create an illustrative picture of their struggle for a “Brave New World”, where fabulous equality should reign.

RESPONSE

A conspiracy theory presented without evidence. It is consistent with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader is designed to help the West attack Russia. The claim suggests a trend of opposition leaders being “nominated” by outside forces. Yuliya Navalnaya has participated in her husband’s political movement for several years.

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was arrested following his return to Russia from Germany, where he was treated for poisoning with Novichok-type chemical nerve agent.

The European Union has condemned the arrest of Alexei Navalny and has demanded his immediate release.

Previously we have seen other similar narratives such as the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia and West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko.

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