Disinfo: Only Navalny's entourage may be interested in his death

Summary

The situation around Navalny and his hospitalization is used to put political pressure on Russia. The West staged a show with the delivery of an aircraft to transport Navalny to Germany. Only Navalny’s entourage may be interested in his death.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning. There is no evidence that Alexey Navalny's entourage would be interested in his death. The Berlin-based Cinema for Peace Foundation has arranged the transportation of Navalny to Germany for humanitarian reasons. Similar narrative as in the case of Skripal, based on conspiracies, denials and fabrication in order to cover up Russia's responsibility. Russian propaganda has long been pursuing the claims that the Skripal case was made up to justify sanctions against Russia and was an example of Russophobia. Background: On August 20 the prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said that he was in a coma and that they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. On September 3, 2020, the German government published a statement that described how a military laboratory, certified by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had found traces of the Novichok nerve agent in samples taken from Navalny. Later, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a special briefing. She told reporters that “There is unequivocal proof of the presence of this agent in the samples. It is therefore clear that Alexei Navalny is the victim of a crime.” The German government has briefed its allies in the European Union and NATO and plans to provide information about its findings to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms. Read similar cases claiming that the US hopes that the Navalny case will lead to the cancellation of Nord Stream 2, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko and that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/08/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Provocation, Alexei Navalny
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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