Disinfo: No proof that Navalny was poisoned

Summary

We are seeing a very dangerous period of political pressure on Russia… The claims of (Alexei) Navalny getting poisoned is not supported by proof.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, portraying Western governments and institutions as inherently Russophobic and trying to harm and encircle Russia. 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. Moreover, specialist labs in France and Sweden confirmed, in an independent review, that Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok. Read similar cases claiming that the Navalny was not poisoned by novichok and Russian secret services are not involved, or that the Alexei Navalny, originally an anti-Russian project, was poisoned by his sponsors and that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Germany, Sweden, France
  • Keywords: novichok, Chemical weapons/attack, Alexei Navalny, Encircling Russia, Russophobia, Conspiracy theory

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Navalny was not poisoned, it was his chronic diseases that worsened

Nobody poisoned (Russian opposition leader Alexei) Navalny anywhere. Navalny was hospitalised only due to the worsening of his critical illnesses.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. The poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was confirmed in three independent laboratories. 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. On 14 September, the German government provided research results by two more independent laboratories in France and Sweden, which confirmed the presence of a poison from the Novichok group in the body of politician Alexei Navalny. As explained in Berlin, samples taken from Navalny were sent to these two countries for independent investigation. In addition, samples were also sent to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which will conduct its own research. Background: A prominent Russian opposition figure, Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk. Doctors there 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 Charité Hospital. On 14 September, the German Charité hospital said that Navalny had been disconnected from a ventilator. Doctors also reported that the opposition politician started getting up from his hospital bed. Doctors cannot yet predict the long-term consequences for his body. Earlier, German media reported that specialists from the Munich Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Bundeswehr found traces of a toxic substance from the Novichok group in the blood, urine and skin of Alexei Navalny, as well as on a bottle that he had with him on the plane. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Poroshenko is planning a military coup

The information and propaganda attack on the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy from the information channels belonging to Petro Poroshenko that began in the autumn cannot be assessed as anything other than the preparation of a coup.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the 5th President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. No evidence of propaganda or disinformation about Zelenkyy is given. No evidence of Petro Poroshenko planning a coup. Mr Poroshenko remains a front-line politician in Ukraine and his party Solidarity is currently preparing for regional and local elections. Read a similar case: "Disinfo: Poroshenko is behind the terrorist attacks in Ukraine".

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and the West force the people to go on the streets

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya (and the collective West that guides her), just like a dictator does, tries to force the people of Belarus to act and take them to the streets. People who do not want to protest, are forced to protest. Either through manipulation of information, slander and lies. Or through a sharp deterioration of their economic situation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus and Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. The radio podcast does not provide any evidence that the West, EU, NATO or other foreign forces or foundations are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus. There are no examples of how people are forced to go on the streets. Large-scale protests began in Minsk on 9 August after the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against what they call election fraud but also against the aggressiveness of the police, who arrested and ill-treated hundreds of rally participants. The European Council condemned, on 19 August 2020, the violence against peaceful protesters and announced that it would soon adopt a list of sanctions for those responsible for violence in Belarus. "As the elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair, and did not meet international standards, the EU does not recognise the results presented by the Belarus authorities," stated a European Council press release. French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel made the offer of an EU-led mediation for Belarus. After EU talks, German chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that there should be no external intervention: “For us it is clear that Belarus must find its own path, that must happen via dialogue in the country and there must be no intervention from outside,” she said. Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland is preparing a Euromaidan scenario for Belarus, that Belarus will turn into anti-Russia in case it does not deepen integration with Russia, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, that a coup and foreign military invasion may happen, that the USA, NATO and EU want to dictate to the people of Belarus a regime-change, that the West is helping to destabilise the situation in Belarus before the election, and that the West dreams of tearing Belarus apart from Russia and to organise a Ukraine-like scenario.