Disinfo: The attack on Navalny is a special operation against Nord Stream 2

Summary

The attack on Navalny is a well-planned operation aimed at preventing the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The Russian leadership has no reason to hound Navalny. He has such a low rating in Russia, which makes him an ideal opposition leader who cannot threaten the regime in any way.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under strong pressure from the United States, and Washington itself is trying to prevent the strengthening of ties between Russia and Germany. The ongoing special operation is directed against Russia and Europe.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative by the pro-Kremlin media denying any wrongdoing by Russia.

Alexey Navalny is an anti-corruption activist. In 2012, Navalny was included by Time magazine in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2017 and 2019 he was elected the politician of the year according to Vedomosti. Since the beginning of the 2010s, he has been serving as an accused, defendant and witness in a number of criminal, administrative, civil and arbitration cases, which Navalny himself and his supporters consider politically motivated. The most resonant of them are the "Case of Kirovles" and "Case of Yves Rocher". In both cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Navalny's rights were violated by Russian authorities. In total, Navalny won 6 complaints against the Russian authorities in the ECHR for a total of 225 thousand euros.

Background

Russian opposition leader and a critic of Vladimir Putin Alexey Navalny has been suffering from suspected poisoning. He fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma. Navalny has since been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. Clinical findings indicate poisoning with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors, said Charite. At the request of the Charité, 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. Germany forwarded the results of the toxicological test to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Nord Stream 2, Alexei Navalny

Disclaimer

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The Navalny case is only an excuse for Germany to abandon Nord Stream 2

The strong pressure that the United States continues to exert against Germany may lead the Germans to abandon the completion of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

Although Berlin is resisting, its ability to resist is not equivalent to that of American pressure. Moreover, some European Union countries have openly sided with the United States.

Germany could have responded effectively to the increased sanctions war if it had been truly supported by the rest of Europe, but this did not happen, because in other countries they were very afraid that the Germans would gain strength after controlling the distribution of Russian gas. As a result, Berlin cannot resist the American assault. Nevertheless, it is important for Germany to save face [appear as if it withdrew from the case because of Navalny and not US pressure], and the Navalny scandal helps solve this problem.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory aimed at linking the case of Alexei Navalny with the Nord Stream 2 project to divert attention from Russia's responsibility for the incident. Such a claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

There is no ground for connecting the Navalny case with the construction of Nord Stream 2.