Disinfo: The West is hysterical about interfering in Russia through the Navalny case

Summary

The West is hysterical about interfering in Russia, going too far in its reaction about the situation of the opposition blogger Alexei Navalny. Anything that happens in Russia is covered by the West in a very specific and unilateral way. Western countries need any pretext to impose sanctions, and if there are none, they invent or create it. This time, Russia was subject to condemnation about the situation of a Russian citizen arrested under Moscow’s laws. Russia has every right [to act] in relation to what is stipulated in its own laws, and here is where we see the same international interference.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny and the West.

Contrary to the claim, criticism on the handling of the Navalny case is not tantamount to interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs but a legitimate stance in regard to human rights and the rule of law in the country. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the charges against Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are politically motivated and arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable. As a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, Russia is under the jurisdiction of the ECHR and forced to comply with its rulings.

It is not true that Western countries look for any pretext to impose sanctions on Russia and even resort to invent or create it, this is recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Russia has been subject to US and EU sanctions due to its violations of international law, including the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. Six Russian individuals and one entity have been sanctioned for use of chemical weapons in an assassination attempt of Alexei Navalny. In the case of the US, sanctions on Russia were imposed over illicit actions such as election interference and other malicious cyber activities, human rights abuses, use of a chemical weapon, weapons proliferation and illicit trade with North Korea, among other reasons.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that the US interferes in Russian politics by posting the routes of pro-Navalny protests; that the US used the pandemic to interfere in the affairs of other countries like Belarus; that the US spreads anti-Russian attitudes by inventing the Skripal case, through the coup d’état in Ukraine and Navalny poisoning; that the Bundestag resolution on the victims of Nazism is interference in Russian internal affairs; or that in 2021, Russia will remain the perfect scapegoat.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: EU, US, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Destabilising Russia
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Russians bring truth to PACE: Navalny was rescued and not poisoned, Georgia attacked South Ossetia

We really convince people every month more and more that in Russia, it turns out, what is written in the Western European mass media is not happening. We prove that Navalny was saved and not poisoned. We show that on August 8, 2008, it was Saakashvili’s regime that invaded Tskhinvali and that the Russian peacekeepers also suffered, but Russia did not invade. We prove that there must be the truth here in PACE.

Disproof

The statements are not true. On January 25, 2021 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) published a provisional Resolution 2357 (2021), containing the following paragraph 9.11:

"Russian Federation: a number of outstanding concerns, including, inter alia, lack of pluralism, independence of the judiciary, restrictive environment for activities of political extra-parliamentary opposition, civil society, human rights activists and journalists, restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly, association and religion as well as a number of problematic laws including the Foreign Agents Law, the Law on Undesirable Organisations or anti-extremist legislation, ratification of amendments to the Constitution that introduce major restrictions on application of international law and implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights; the lack of progress with regard to implementing the demands of the international community with regard to Eastern Ukraine, Crimea, the occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova;"

See also the previous PACE resolution on the consequences of the war between Georgia in Russia. Thus, the Assembly considers that:

"from the point of view of international law, the notion of “protecting citizens abroad” is not acceptable and is concerned by the political implications of such a policy by the Russian authorities for other member states", addressing Russian official claim of protecting its own citizens in South Ossetia. While emphasizing that "the initiation of shelling of Tskhinvali without warning by the Georgian military, on 7 August 2008, marked a new level of escalation", PACE stated that "earlier calls to discuss a change in the format of the peacekeeping and conflict resolution process were rejected by South Ossetia and Russia" and addressed the disproportionate Russia's response fire.

As for Alexey Navalny, the PACE's debates (without adopting a resolution yet) took place on January 27, 2021. As is clear from the transcript, the Russian delegation failed to convince other PACE's members that Navalny was not poisoned with the nerve agent and that his prosecution in Russia is not political.

Alexei Navalny was arrested following his return to Russia from Germany, where he was treated for poisoning with Novichok-type chemical nerve agent. The European Union has condemned the arrest of Alexei Navalny and has demanded his immediate release.

Foreign diplomats meddle in Russia's sovereign affairs

Meddling in sovereign affairs. Foreign diplomats gather at Russian court to support Western puppet Navalny.

According to local sources, diplomatic staff of at least 18 foreign states, including those from the United States, the UK, Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Sweden, are present.

Disproof

Court hearings are, as a rule, open to the public. Diplomats have the right, just as any other member of the public, to attend a court hearing. International diplomats are present to observe whether the Russian judiciary fulfils its functions according to Russian law and Russia's international obligations on human rights.

The unfounded and recurrent claim on Navalny being a "Western Puppet" is presented without any evidence. Similar cases here and here.

Navalny's poisoning was a set up against Russia

Moscow has reasons to believe that the alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny was a set up. Germany has not presented any credible evidence that Russia poisoned Navalny with Novichok despite Moscow’s repeated calls.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning and also a pro-Kremlin approach portraying every measure taken against Russia's actions as Russophobia.

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. From Omsk, he had been transferred to Berlin and has received treatment at Berlin's Charité Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Navalny.