Disinfo: The Navalny Affair is undoubtedly a false-flag provocation to foment hostiliy against Moscow

Summary

As with the alleged assassination attempt on MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal, the latest incident involving Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is undoubtedly a false-flag provocation to foment Western sanctions and hostility against Moscow.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and Russophobia.

Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and his plane and was initially hopitalised in Omsk. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided  “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

The European Union condemned poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

The use of multiple and simultaneous versions about an event involving questionable actions by the Russian government or its allies, in order to confound citizens about the actual truth, is a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation strategy, already seen in the cases of the MH17 downing, the illegal annexation of Crimea, the murder attempt against Sergei and Yulia Skripal or chemical attacks in Syria.

Read similar cases claiming that the US hopes that the Navalny case will lead to the cancellation of Nord Stream 2, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko and that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Skripal, novichok, false flag, Alexei Navalny, Sanctions, MI6

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The Western hysteria about Russia is part of a desire to attack Russia 

All the hysteria about Russia in recent years directly illustrates one thing: the main target of the attacks is Russia itself. Its sovereignty and existence.

The West’s reaction to Navalny’s “poisoning” speaks of a strategic decision to confront Russia. It’s nothing more than a puzzle in a big, sinister game. This is a clear desire, outside of control, to inflict irreparable cultural and economic damage to the Russian nation. The strength of this desire is indescribable.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory presented without evidence, which is consistent with the Kremlin propaganda narrative that the poisoning of Russian opposition leader is in the interest of the West to use the case against Russia. See similar disinformation narratives that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia and West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko.

The doctors of the Berlin Charité Hospital did announce that initial findings point to the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny

Russia has introduced sanctions against Ukraine because it was unfriendly to Russia after Crimea’s return

Russia had imposed sanctions on Ukraine in November 2018, affecting more than 300 individuals and 68 Ukrainian entities. The sanctions include freezing all assets on Russian soil, travel bans and other restrictions.

This came in response to unfriendly measures taken by Ukraine against Moscow after the return of Crimea to Russia in 2014.

Disproof

A recurrent narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Ukraine did not become "unfriendly" towards Russia because of Crimea's "return" to Russia, but due to the illegal invasion and annexation of a part of its territory by Russian military forces.

According to UN, Ukraine is responsible for providing Crimeans with drinking water

Ukraine is responsible for providing Crimeans with drinking water.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Elizabeth Trossell, one of the basic human rights is the right to safe and clean water and sanitation. That is why Ukraine, as well as Russia, is undoubtedly responsible for providing the Crimean population with access to drinking water. According to Trossell, Ukraine has an obligation to support the economic, social and cultural rights of the Crimeans and to take all possible measures to ensure an adequate standard of living for all its citizens.

Disproof

Manipulative heading of the article and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The article does not mention the recent claim by Elizabeth Throssell, that the Russian Federation, as the occupying power, has an obligation for ensuring access to water for protected persons.