Disinfo: OPCW is a hostage of Western geopolitical interests

Summary

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been a hostage of Western geopolitical interests in the case of the alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny. Russia has requested its assistance but has not received any response for the last two months.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative attacking the independence and integrity of the OPCW and a disinformation narrative about the Navalny poisoning.

Clinical findings at the Charité hospital where the Russian opposition leader was transferred after he was poisoned in Omsk indicated that Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group.

These findings were later independently corroborated by labs in France and Sweden, and finally confirmed by the OPCW, which 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."

This is not the first time that pro-Kremlin outlets try to discredit OPCW by using disinformation tactics.

According to the OPCW's Director-General, the organisation has been targeted by a disinformation campaign when it granted new powers to assign blame for chemical attacks. 18 countries issued a joint statement, which called for an end to the unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW.

For further relevant stories, especially on how pro-Kremlin media attempted to disinform on OPCW's role in Syria, see here, here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: OPCW, Alexei Navalny
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the sovereignty of Lithuania and presenting it as a puppet of US and/or NATO. See related disinformation claims about the US presence in Europe.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West and Sputnik V vaccine.

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Disproof

Historical revisionism and a recurring pro Kremlin disinformation narrative about Holodomor, claiming that there was no artificially created famine in Ukraine and about the war in Ukraine, presenting the latter as a civil war.

The Holodomor was an artificial famine created with the aim of destroying the Ukrainian peasantry. The Soviet state took away livestock, crops and seeds from the peasants under the guise that the peasants "plundered" state property. The Soviet law on the seizure of food from peasants was adopted in 1932. The punitive document is known as the "Five Spikelet Law". Everyone who gathered several ears of wheat on the collective farm field was a culprit in the "theft of state property". If the law was not enforced, people were shot, including children. Convicts were not subject to amnesty. The famine of 1932-1933 claimed the lives of 7 to 10 million citizens of the Soviet Union; the disaster affected not only Ukraine but also parts of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia.