Disinfo: OPCW faked data on chemical weapons in Syria, it has been proven many times

Summary

Everything that we know [on the Navalny’s poisoning – context], we know from the words of people. From the words of people who are not ones to be trusted. We know very well that the OPCW falsified data on chemical attacks in Syria, this has been proven many times.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurrent conspiracy narrative proliferated by Kremlin-linked outlets repeating statements by Russian officials.

The OPCW said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018.

Read previous disinformation claims alleging that evidence confirms chemical attacks in Syria were falsified by the White Helmets, and that the White Helmets perform criminal activities and are an arm of British and American intelligence.

The Syrian regime commissioned a documentary on staged chemical attacks. Russian TV programme Vesti Nedeli TV presented pictures from this fiction movie as documentary evidence of the staged attacks. See further information on The Insider.

RT France received a reprimand from the French regulator for the report on "staged chemical attacks" in Syria. The reprimand was maintained by the State Council. The regulator found that instead of presenting such a point of view as an opinion, this Russian media outlet presented it as an established fact with anybody rebutting it.

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  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack

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There is no way Navalny was poisoned by this neurotoxic agent. The fact that Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was put out of coma indicates that it was not Novichok nerve agent used against him.

Novichok was developed to replace nuclear weapons on the battlefield and has 100% mortality.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging web of counter-narratives designed to confuse Western public opinion and deny Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

This argument follows a recurring Kremlin pattern of denying that Navalny was poisoned and that Moscow had anything to do with it. In this case, the argument is that Novichok is only a lethal military-grade nerve agent and that the result is always death. However, we know that Novichok is a highly toxic nerve agent that slows the heart, paralyses the muscles used for breathing and — if the dose is big enough — can lead to death by asphyxiation. A smaller dose may result in seizures, neuromuscular weakness, liver failure and other damage. This has been presented in various other reports here, here and here. So, Novichok does not necessarily lead to the death of everyone who came in contact with it.

Navalny would have died from Novichok poisoning

The symptoms of Aleksey Navalny’s alleged poisoning are absolutely uncharacteristic of the use of the Novichok nerve agent. He would have suffered convulsions and died, instead of falling into a coma.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging web of counter-narratives designed to confuse Western public opinion and deny Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny.

There are at least four people known to have survived a Novichok poisoning. In 1987 Andrey Zheleznyakov, a researcher attached to the Soviet chemical warfare programme, suffered an accidental exposure to a Novichok-type compound. The accident left him permanently disabled but alive for another six years.

Navalny’s poisoning story is a manifestation of the internal political struggle in Germany

The story of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny is, first of all, a manifestation of the fierce internal political struggle in Germany: between the globalist-pro-American and nationally oriented parts of the German elite for the fate of Nord Stream 2.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Alexei Navalny's poisoning. An attempt to divert attention from Russia's responsibility for the incident.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation is trying to link this story with various factors - the US' fight against the Russian vaccine, the West's fight against Russia- the reason for new sanctions, the fight against Nord Stream 2, the fight against Putin, to curb his desire to interfere in Belarus’ affairs. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas denies Russian accusations in the Navalny poisoning case and once again demands that Russian should begin a full investigation into all circumstances around the incident.