Disinfo: Europe evacuated its secret agent Navalny; the poisoning is fake

Summary

If Germany had any tests, they probably would have shown them already. But most probably, there is nothing at all.

There was no poisoning, only one special operation happened: Europe evacuated its agent Navalny, because obviously he is already unneeded in Russia. He is very weak and cannot attract the attention of anyone except on Twitter. He is not very serious as an opponent. They need a strong character, not him.

The investigation hasn’t found the slightest trace of poison. So if Navalny was really poisoned, it was not done in Russia. Then, it is necessary to “discuss with Germany”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning and the alleged insignificance of the activist.

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court of embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.

No evidence is provided to prove that Alexey Navalny was a Western spy. It should be noted that the opposite narrative, that the Anti-Corruption Foundation( FBK) is a Kremlin project and that Navalny is an agent of Russian secret services is also pure speculation and isn't based on facts.

On August 20 the prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said that he was in a coma and that they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital.

On September 3, 2020, the German government published a statement that described how a military laboratory, certified by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had found traces of the Novichok nerve agent in samples taken from Navalny. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Read similar cases claiming that the Navalny was not poisoned by novichok and Russian secret services are not involved that theAlexei Navalny, originally an anti-Russian project, was poisoned by his sponsors 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: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, novichok, Alexei Navalny, Conspiracy

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and Ukraine's relations with its foreign partners.

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If Russia wanted to kill Navalny, it would have chosen anything but Novichok

If the Russian state had tried to murder Alexei Navalny, they would have never allowed his comatose body to be taken by plane to Germany. He would have died in Russian hospitals, where nobody could find “traces of Novichok” in a NATO capital. If Russia was responsible, for sure the last weapon in the world that it would have chosen would be Novichok: in the post-Skripal age, any other method would be preferable.

A butter knife, a gun, a speeding car, a traffic accident… After Skripal, there would be hundreds of preferable and more reliable methods. Navaly is already the third Russian in a row that, allegedly attacked by a deadly “military-grade nervous agent”, mysteriously doesn’t die.

Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The use of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group against the Russian dissident has been established beyond any doubt by a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory. The disinformation campaign follows the same playbook that the one deployed after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daugther in Salisbury in 2018, a case where there is strong evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence operatives and high-level Russian officials.

Russia had no real reason to get rid of Navalny, but his poisoning is useful to the West

The West rushed to accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny with a “Novichok-type substance”, but did Russia really have reasons to get rid of him? The reaction of western officials has been disproportionately quickly and emotive compared to the reaction in Russia itself, where despite his prominent position in opposition circles there were no protest actions. So one can ask: where is this western solidarity coming? NATO allies and their supporters, from the German government to the US and UK administrations, quickly echoed each other adopting the same narrative. The similarity of the Navalny case to previous unproven poisoning accusations doesn’t seem to bother western politicians or media. The obvious question is: why those incidents take place right in the moment in which Russia is about to secure an important agreement or start a promising project with its western partners? For months, the German government resisted US attempts to stop the Nord Stream 2 project to deliver Russian natural gas to Germany. Now there are voices supporting the cancellation of this big project that utter the two new magical words: Navalny and Novichok.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny. 

Alexei Navalny fell ill on a 20 August flight from Siberia to Moscow. Initially hospitalized in Omsk, he was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin at the request of his family. Clinical findings at the Charité hospital indicated that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests revealed the presence of a Novichok-type nerve agent in Navalny's blood.