Disinfo: Skripal and Navalny cases are both fake, goal is to pit Germany against Russia

Summary

The parallels between the German Novichok Navalny case and the British Novichok Skripal case are obvious: both are fake. […]

The Russian government was declared guilty; not on the basis of circumstantial evidence, but with the help of twisted motto “Who else but Putin could it have been?” And because that worked so well in the Skripal case, the transatlantic US vassals in the German government in Berlin are trying to pull the Navalny rabbit out of the Novichok hat with the same British Skripal magic trick, because the German population must be put in position against the evil Russians. […]

Yet only a few years ago in Germany and in the old countries of the European Union, the foreign policy consensus was that “without Russia peace and stability in Europe are not possible, and certainly not when being against Russia.” This insight has lost none of its validity since then, and the desire for peace with Russia is firmly anchored in the minds of a large part of the population. However, the transatlantic warmongers in the EU want to counteract this with fake horror stories of the Skripal type and now with the fake Novichok poisoning of Navalny.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Navalny's poisoning in connection with the Skripal-poisoning. These narratives aim to deny Russia's well-documented role in the poisoning of Sergey and Yuliya Skripal in 2018 as well as to label Western governments and institutions as inherently Russophobic and Anti-Russian, targeting Vladimir Putin.

Additionally the claim also includes the pro-Kremlin narrative of Germany being a US-vassal. Pro-Kremlin outlets often use the disinformation narrative about different countries being under America's thumb - see other examples here. Germany is an independent and sovereign country and is not dependent on the United States of America in terms of foreign policy making and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. Germany and the US have close partner relations of two sovereign and independent countries.

Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals has been proven via a thorough investigation. The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence on the case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Some of the material has been released to the public.

Regarding the Alexei Navalny case, he was transferred from hospital in Omsk to Charité hospital in Berlin. The preliminary test results from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin indicated that he was poisoned during his stay in Siberia. Clinical findings indicate poisoning with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. The German government later confirmed that Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.

See related disinformation cases alleging that Russophobic Western media push narrative of Putin’s role in Navalny poisoning, that there is no evidence of Russian poisoning of Skripal, that The West punishes Russia for having chosen Putin as a president again, that British authorities are exploiting the Skripal-case for anti-Russian propaganda or that Merkel’s statement about Navalny’s poisoning is a falsification to curb Putin’s desire to interfere in Belarus’ affairs.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: UK, Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Skripal, novichok, Alexei Navalny

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