Disinfo: The West uses Navalny case to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and to hurt Putin

Summary

The West uses the case of Navalny to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and to hurt Putin.

The assertions that the Russian state or even President Vladimir Putin himself was behind Navalny’s poisoning were rather shaky.

Of course, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is also political, just as it was in the days of Willy Brandt’s Eastern Policy. At that time, the gas projects with Moscow had given the Federal Republic the chance to come to an understanding with a very difficult opponent like the Soviet Union on this issue. Nord Stream 2 was “Putin’s favourite child. That is why so many now want to stop the pipeline in order to hurt Putin.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Alexei Navalny poisoning.

There are no grounds for connecting the cause of Navalny's poisoning with the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

A prominent Russian opposition figure, Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then, he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin.

The test results from the Charité indicate that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned during his stay in Siberia (Russia). At the request of the Charité, a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory carried out toxicological tests on samples from Navalny. The results of these tests have revealed unequivocal proof of the presence of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group. Thus Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent while inside Russia.

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

See more similar disinformation cases alleging that Navalny case is a special operation used to put pressure on Putin and that Navalny case is a project to build up opposition against Nord Stream 2.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: EU, Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian, Vladimir Putin, The West, Sanctions

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Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Navalny poisoning. These narratives aim to deny Russia's well-documented role in the poisoning of Sergey and Yuliya Skripal in 2018 as well as to label Western governments and institutions as inherently Russophobic and Anti-Russian, targeting Vladimir Putin.

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Alexei Navalny was poisoned by an MI6 agent

[Alexei Navalny’s] body reacted differently to a fast-acting substance that was rapidly excreted from the body, which his friend Maria Pevchikh gave him. According to a source, she is also an employee (undercover agent) of the [British Secret Intelligence Service] MI6. So, it was the work of Maria Pevchikh.

These substances have been in Russia for a long time. They don’t even need to be brought to Russia. They have been kept in the embassies of different countries since the 90s. And there are enough of them for many years. Several people have already died from these substances. However, it will never be possible to prove that it was precisely the poisoning.

Disproof

The story advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting the Navalny poisoning as wholly unconnected to Russia.

Clinical findings at the Charité hospital indicated that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.