Disinfo: The West staged “The Navalny Poisoning” to interfere in Russia’s elections

Summary

With the sanctions against leading figures in Russian politics, the West has practically openly admitted to its plans to interfere in the upcoming elections in 2021 and 2024, attacking those, who are responsible for organising the elections. This attack is performed through Navalny, no one even attempts to hide this. The West has shown its hand. It is finally apparent who ordered the set-up and why it was done. Without this, the West would not have had a chance to promote Navalny, neither on the international level, nor inside Russia.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory presented without evidence. It is consistent with the Kremlin propaganda narrative that the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader is designed to help the West attack Russia. Previously we have seen other similar narratives such as 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 prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill(opens in a new tab) during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk. Doctors there said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred(opens in a new tab) to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charité Hospital. The German Federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group(opens in a new tab)” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

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  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Alexei Navalny, Conspiracy theory, Elections
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