Disinfo: US imposes sanctions for Navalny's alleged poisoning

Summary

The United States imposed new sanctions against nine Russian citizens and two entities for the alleged poisoning of Alexey Navalny, a person who has been arrested for violating his parole conditions but also for inciting illegal demonstrations as the head of the extremist organisation FBK.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and sanctions, but also about Navalny's "Anti-Corruption Foundation" (FBK).

There is unequivocal evidence that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group.

Additionally, Alexei Navalny has founded the Russia of the Future party in 2018, but he is also the leader of the "Anti-Corruption Foundation" (FBK), which has investigated embezzlement from the Russian state budget, uncovered the lives of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the government and different corruption practices.

FBK's goal is to eliminate corruption. Their funding comes from donations and therefore the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation recognised FBK as a "foreign agent" due to the Russian "foreign agent" law because they receive donations from outside Russia. However, FBK does not agree with this claim and is appealing it in court.

See further disinformation claims that Alexei Navalny is a depleted political project; that the neo-liberal forces behind Navalny will intensify their attempts to destroy Russia; that Navalny is used as an instrument by Western special services and that the West needs Alexei Navalny to destabilise the situation in Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Sanctions
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After the Maidan, the Ukrainian authorities only boosted the intensity of this wrong policy which also is denying its Russianness and opposing and conflicting with all Russianness.

The result of such a policy is clear: Ukraine is undergoing deindustrialisation, depopulation, civil war, an economically permanent crisis dependent on the International Monetary Fund and Europe.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives designed to denigrate the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and its independence, claiming that Ukraine is a failed state.

The claim that Ukraine is a failed state is unsubstantiated. Pro-Kremlin media outlets often cast doubts on Ukrainian statehood and claim that Ukraine either does not exist as a state or is going to tumble down very soon. In reality, present-day Ukraine has been on the world map since 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated. It has elected six presidents since then and changed parties in government several times which illustrates political diversity and democratic dynamics even during economic hardship in the wake of Russian aggression in 2014. Ukraine's Western partners have been providing it with financial and technical assistance.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about abandoned Ukraine, also presenting the country as Nazi/Fascist.

It is speculative and misleading to compare the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine. There are no US military forces deployed on the territory of Ukraine. The relations between Washington and Kiyv are based on mutual respect and cooperation. As it is officially noted: “U.S. policy is centered on supporting Ukraine in the face of continued Russian aggression as it advances reforms to strengthen democratic institutions, fight corruption, and promote conditions for economic growth and competition.”

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Disproof

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In reality, tensions escalated along the Russian-Ukrainian roughly from February till May 2021, when Russia was amassing military personnel and equipment on the border. Moscow was justifying its military build-up by Kyiv's alleged readiness to attack the separatist-held territories in Donbas together with NATO troops. Eventually, Russia did partially withdraw soldiers from the border area but maintained large amounts of heavy equipment in the nearby region. Some analysts estimated that the real goal of Russia's escalation was its attempt to occupy the northern part of Kherson Region, which borders on the Crimean Peninsula. In 2014, Ukraine stopped water supplies to the peninsula through the North Crimea Canal, which runs through Kherson Region. Crimea is now suffering severe water shortages, because it had been receiving about 85% of fresh water supplies from mainland Ukraine before Russia’s illegal annexation.