Disinfo: Who benefits from poisoning Navalny?

Summary

The simplest and most immediate question one ought to ask in such circumstances is “cui bono” – who benefits? The answer to this question would clearly show that President Putin and Russia do not benefit from this alleged poisoning. So, who does?

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Is it possible that this was another one of these brilliant acts of the CIA or another US intelligence (sic) agency? – Or a combination of the German Bundesnachrichtendienst (German Federal Intelligence Service) – or an EU-NATO trick? By now it’s no longer a secret that NATO runs Brussels, or at least calls the shot on issues of US interests concerning the European Union or its member states.

Think about it. Killing (or – so far – poisoning) a Russian opposition leader to kill the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 project? – This is certainly a crime within the realm and “competence” of the US Government in general and its western allies.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning. It is also similar to these used in the case of Skripal: based on conspiracies, denials and fabrication in order to cover up Russia's responsibility. It should be noted that Russian propaganda has long been pursuing the claims that the Skripal case was made up to justify sanctions against Russia and was an example of Russophobia.

Alexei Navalny is a key Russian opposition politician and an anti-corruption activist. He is a founder and a leader of the "Anti-Corruption Foundation("Fond Boriby s Korrypciey"),  which extensively reported about political corruption and abuse of power in Russia. He ran in in the Moscow mayoral elections in 2013 and came second. He claimed election fraud but still lost the elections. In 2018, he was campaigning for the Presidency of Russia but the Central Electoral Commission barred him from participation. The Russian government detained him multiple times and prosecuted for different criminal and administrative offences.

Background

On August 20 the prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill(opens in a new tab) 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(opens in a new tab) 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. Later, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a special briefing. She told(opens in a new tab) reporters that “There is unequivocal proof of the presence of this agent in the samples. It is therefore clear that Alexei Navalny is the victim of a crime.” The German government has briefed(opens in a new tab) its allies in the European Union and NATO and plans to provide information about its findings to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The European Union condemned(opens in a new tab) the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Read similar cases claiming that the US hopes that the Navalny case will lead to the cancellation of Nord Stream 2, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko 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: 07/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, novichok, Alexei Navalny

Disclaimer

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