Disinfo: US forced Merkel lie about Navalny’s poisoning

Summary

(The US) forced Angela Merkel to voice this nonsense (about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny). Note that she resisted for a long time, she sat for two weeks in silence and tried to move away from it.

Disproof

Another pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative and conspiracy theory  alleging that the European Union is under direction from Washington. No evidence is provided to support the claim. Also the claim advances recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny and Western Russophobia.

On August 20, the day Navalny was poisoned, the chancellor stressed that it is necessary to find out what happened to the Russian opposition activist as soon as possible.

Also Merkel made an urgent statement immediately after she received confirmation from a German laboratory that Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. After the first results of the investigation into the poison, Merkel said that Berlin now expected Moscow to explain itself and that Germany would consult its NATO allies about how to respond, raising the prospect of new Western sanctions on Russia, sending Russian asset prices tumbling. “This is disturbing information about the attempted murder through poisoning against a leading Russian opposition figure,” Merkel told a news conference. “Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group.”

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Chemical weapons/attack, Alexei Navalny, US presence in Europe, Russophobia, Angela Merkel

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, portraying Western governments and institutions as inherently Russophobic and trying to harm and encircle 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. 

Navalny was not poisoned, it was his chronic diseases that worsened

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Disproof

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

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