Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, aiming to deflect the authorities' responsibility in his poisoning attempt and to discredit him by portraying him as a puppet of the West, and another example of disinformation narratives about the 2013-2014 Maidan protests and Ukrainian statehood.
Contrary to the claim, which is not backed by any evidence, Alexei Navalny is an independent Russian politician, not a pawn of any foreign government.
To be precise, Navalny is the founder and leader of the "Anti-Corruption Foundation" (FBK), which has investigated embezzlement from the state budget. He was arrested following his return to Russia from Germany, where he was treated for poisoning with Novichok-type chemical nerve agent, and the European Union has condemned his arrest and has demanded his immediate release.
His decision to return to Russia is related to his refusal to become an exile and to internal deliberations of his political movement, not to any order from abroad.
Furthermore and contrary to the claim, Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament and it is not falling apart. It has a functioning government, embassies in other countries, judicial, law enforcement, and other authorities. It is a democratic country where people can choose the president, the parliament, and local administration.
Ukraine is not controlled by any foreign government or organisation: neither the USA, IMF, NATO, the West or George Soros. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU.
The massive mobilisations against the governments of Ukraine in 2013, the Euromaidan protests, were not destabilisation operations orchestrated from abroad, but a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. Without forgetting that the war in the Donbas region is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.
See other examples in our database, such as claims that NATO is preparing colour revolutions; that Ukrainian protests were a coup or the root cause of the war and the collapse of the country; or that the CIA will try to repeat a Maidan scenario; that Alexei Navalny’s movement is linked to the colour revolution programme; or that the US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.