Disinfo: The alleged “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny could have been orchestrated by Western special forces

Summary

The alleged “poisoning” of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny could have been orchestrated by Western special forces.

Yesterday’s statement by German officials raises more questions than it answers. Our doctors have conducted a thorough examination and assure that there were no traces of poison in Alexei Navalny during the time he was on Russian territory.

The Kremlin described the accusations against Moscow as hasty and unfounded. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed to a lack of information regarding the cause of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s claim that Navalny had been poisoned.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning, claiming that the Russian opposition leader could have been poisoned by the West.

The narrative is similar to the case of Sergei 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.

The test results from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin indicate that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned during his stay in Siberia (Russia). At the request of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory carried out toxicological tests on samples from Alexei Navalny. The results of these tests have revealed unequivocal proof of the presence of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group. Alexei Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin for medical treatment on 22 August, exhibiting symptoms of poisoning.

In fact, Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent while inside Russia.

The EU and German government, plus leaders of EU member states - France, Italy, Estonia - strongly condemned what seems to have been an attempt on Navalny’s life.

Read similar disinformation cases alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia and that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny’s blood.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: EU, Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, The West

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The US military personnel has already arrived in Georgia to take part in the Noble Partner 2020 multinational exercises. The Noble Partner 2020 exercise is being held on the territory of Georgia for the fifth time since 2015. The main goal of the manoeuvres is “maintaining a stable and secure situation in the Black Sea region.” However, it is NATO itself that is destabilising the situation. Cases of provocations by the NATO military have become more frequent. The Alliance regularly increases its presence in the Black Sea, and NATO’s military aircraft are constantly flying dangerously close to the borders of Russia. Under the guise of the myth of the Russian threat, the West is systematically threatening security throughout the world.

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A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO and destabilisation.

The claim came after the launch of Noble Partner 2020 and appearance of NATO military personnel and technique in Georgian cities.

Real aim of German statement on Navalny’s poisoning is to impose new sanctions

The real aims of Germany’s statement that Aleksey Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok are probably to hinder the Nord Stream 2 project and to impose new sanctions on Russia. The German government has adopted a political position based on ideology. This is why it did not take seriously the opinion of Russian doctors nor that of Professor Leonid Rink, who was involved in the development of Novichok. After Berlin’s announcement about the alleged poisoning of Navalny, a media campaign was launched in order to spread unilateral “evidence” aimed at blaming Russia. The objective is to create tensions between Russia and the West, to put pressure on the Russian Presidency and perhaps to impose sanctions on Russia. A scenario similar to that of other alleged poisonings of Russian opposition figures and former intelligence officials (Litvinenko, Skripal, Verzilov, Kara-Murza) is being played out.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalized in Omsk,  at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin.

The case of Navalny is just a pretext for the West to enforce Russophobia

The case of Navalny is just a pretext for the West to go against Putin and to enforce Russophobia.

One does not have to be a genius to realise that an attack on Alexei Navalny harms the Kremlin and benefits Western actors. But that doesn’t matter, because for a long time now Russophobic politicians and media have been lurking for their chance […] .

Let’s be honest: the case will probably never be solved. For if “the West” really had reliable evidence of Russia’s involvement, the absurd chains of evidence and logic that already insulted our intelligence in the Skripal case would not be brought forward again. And if “the Kremlin” were to present certain proof pointing to a different mastermind than Moscow, this proof would be denied and discredited in the West.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the poisoning of Navalny, portraying Western governments and institutions as inherently Russophobic and trying to harm Russia.

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalized in Omsk,  at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin.