Disinfo: Germany organized a provocation around Navalny

Summary

When Germany organised the provocation around Navalny, it did not expect such grave consequences and strict Moscow’s reaction. Berlin and the rest of the EU just followed the practices that were earlier repeatedly used by the US and UK. They are known for a series of dirty anti-Russian operations, including the Skripal case and alleged chemical attack in Syrian Douma. Whereas the US and UK are Russophobic countries and long-time geopolitical rivalries of Russia, cooperation with Moscow is extremely important for Germany and the rest of the EU. This explains why the EU countries are backing down with a new sanction round against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Alexei Navalny, Germany and Russophobia.

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a military grade Novichok-type nerve agent during his trip in Siberia in August 2020. He was hospitalised and treated at the Charite Hospital in Berlin. In October 2o20, the EU sanctioned 6 individuals and one entity involved in the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny.

To obfuscate responsibility for the poisoning, the pro-Kremlin media has drawn numerous parallels between Navalny and Skripal poisonings. Most of them were coupled with the usual denial: “there is no evidence that Navalny was poisoned” or that “London has no evidence of Moscow’s complicity in the Skripals’ poisoning”. Read more about this in our past analysis titled Salisbury all over again.

The European Union is not backing down. Following the visit to Moscow on 4-6 February 2021, the head of the EU foreign policy Jose Borrell stated:

"The Russian authorities did not want to seize this opportunity to have a more constructive dialogue with the EU. This is regrettable and we will have to draw the consequences."

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that only Navalny’s entourage may be interested in his death, that poisoning of Navalny is a provocation to spoil relations between Russia and Germany, that it is unclear, who really poisoned Sergei and Yuliya Skripal, and that the Douma chemical attack never had place.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: EU, UK, Germany, US, Belarus, Russia
  • Keywords: Skripal, Anti-Russian, Alexei Navalny, Puppets, Sanctions, Conspiracy theory, Russophobia
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Alexei Navalny, Belarus and Ukraine, and Ukraine being somehow involved in the protests in Belarus, and now in Russia.

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The West needs Alexey Navalny to destabilise the situation in Russia

The West needs this “leader”(Alexey Navalny) to destabilise the situation in Russia, for social upheaval, strikes and new “Maidans”. What this can lead to, we see the example of Ukraine, which has practically lost its independence.

Disproof

Disinformation built around the concept of ubiquitous Russophobia and anti-Russian provocations by Western countries to encircle and destabilise Russia and Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny. The article also contains a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about lost sovereignty undermining Ukrainian statehood.

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The West needs Navalny to create new “Maidans”

Western countries need this “activist” [Alexei Navalny] to destabilise the situation in Russia, for social upheaval, strikes, and new Maidans.

We have the example of Ukraine where this can lead to, with Ukraine in practice having lost its independence.

Disproof

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.