Disinfo: Navalny was not poisoned by novichok; he would have died before going to Germany

Summary

If Alexei Navalny had really been poisoned, as German experts say, he would have died before being transported to Germany.

This was announced by the chief toxicologist of the Omsk region. “This is definitely not Novichok. Not an organophosphorous compound. No poisoning. This is a disease. Metabolic syndrome, metabolic coma, which occurs as a result of metabolic disorders. It has developed rapidly.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning. The claims are also in stark contrast to the official statements of the German government, which clearly speak of Navalny's poisoning by the military-grade chemical nerve agent Novichok.

"The Berlin Charité Hospital has commissioned specialised toxicologists from the German Bundeswehr to examine various samples from Mr. Navalny. The special laboratory of the German Bundeswehr has delivered a clear result: Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group. This poison can be detected without a doubt in the samples."

Toxicologists have concluded that Russian dissident and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a military-grade chemical nerve agentof the Novichok group. The tests performed by German experts have been corroborated independently by two other European laboratories. The German government condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, as did EU officials and leaders of the EU member states: France, Italy, Estonia; all demanding that Russian authorities explain how an illegal weapon of mass destruction has been used against an opposition activist in Russia.

Earlier, Navalny was treated in a hospital in Omsk but was later transferred to the Berlin Charité hospital. Only after hours of back and forth did the physicians in Omsk drop their objections to transport to Germany. The Omsk health officials claimed Navalny had tested negative for cholinesterase inhibitors.

The EU strongly condemned what seems to have been an attempt on Mr Navalny’s life.

See related EUvsDisinfo news and analysis “The German Statement Follows Goebbel’s Laws on Propaganda” The Kremlin, the Navalny Case and the Art of Denial" as well as other disinformation messages blaming the West for Navalny's condition, and alleging that only alcohol and caffeine was found in Navalny's blood.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny

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