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Alexei Navalny speaks to his supporters in Moscow: Poisoned or big conspiracy? Picture: Wikimedia/Evgeny Feldman (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Doubts about the official Navalny narrative

International experts, journalists and politicians have all expressed considerable doubts and criticism about the official poisoning story of Alexei Navalny.

Published: September 12, 2020, 12:03 pm

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    While the mainstream media and the Western governments have already committed themselves to the theory that the liberal Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was allegedly poisoned on behalf of the Kremlin, more and more international experts and politicians are expressing considerable doubts about this version of events.

    Navalny was transported from Russia to Berlin for medical treatment on August 22 with symptoms of poisoning. Since then he has been treated at the Charité University Hospital. The German government announced that the Kremlin critic was “without doubt” poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group. Chancellor Angela Merkel strongly condemned the “attempted murder by poison” and announced that an “appropriate” reaction would now be decided upon together with EU partners and NATO.

    The German regional MP Gunnar Lindemann from the Berlin branch of the Eurosceptic AfD party sees “no big difference between the medical scene in Russia and Germany”. Medicine in Russia is “as good as in Germany”, says Lindemann. The German regional deputy assumes, “it’s just duplicitous propaganda against the Russian government. And I think for Germany it’s not good, because it’s not good for Russian-German relations, because we want to have good relations with Russia, to have some business, buy some resources, such as gas, that’s why it’s so important to us”.

    For Lindemann, “Navalny is just a puppet of the US, who is paid by the Soros foundation, Clinton foundation, who paid for his studies. It’s not good to protect such people. The whole situation is just a political case, this is propaganda against Russian people”.

    Johan Bäckman, Human Rights defender and associate professor of the University of Helsinki in Finland, too has doubts about the official narrative: “Immediately after the all-Russian vote in early July 2020, the media wrote about the bankruptcy and the closure of the Navalny fund. He had had some problems with funding and sponsors. His fund was a tool for anti-Putin agitation in Russia.”

    Bäckman “came to the conclusion, that as a result of the all-Russian vote, as it became clear, Putin could be president until 2036, if that is his and the people’s will. That is, the anti-Putin campaign had lost its meaning. Therefore, immediately after the vote, Navalny’s fund stopped its activity”.

    The Finish academic suspects, “that after the closure of his fund, Navalny wanted to leave Russia with the help of Merkel. Therefore, the poisoning could be a staged ‘fake’ in order to leave Russia. Thus, there is a reason for his evacuation – he could not just say ‘I’ve had enough’, ‘I have no funding, I’m leaving’. He couldn’t behave like that”.

    Bäckman writes on Facebook: “I do not believe in any poisoning. I see this as a reason to send Navalny abroad. Now he is allegedly persecuted by the Russian authorities and because of that, evacuated to Germany. The information about the persecution and poisoning are completely untrue and fake.”

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    • Rentia Diedericks

      According to the standards of the German “Verfassungsschutz”, Navalny is undoubtedly a “right-wing extremist” because he is anti-Islam. Unfortunately, about ten years ago he embezzled a large sum of money and was therefore sentenced to several years in prison. Since then he has been politically unimportant. He had long since passed the zenith of his political career when an unknown perpetrator apparently mixed poison into his tea.

      According to Die Linke politician Gregor Gysi “It could also be that it was an opponent of the natural gas pipeline to Germany. Or a commissioned opponent who knew: If you stage such a murder, which is then blamed on the government, it will worsen relations.”

      One of the accusers, the Bundeswehr’s Colonel Professor Doctor Thiermann spoke at a public forum on “Syrian chemical warfare” sponsored by the US military contractors, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin. Perhaps his benefactors have clouded his judgement. Curiously, this ridiculous poisoning claim was signed by a press agent, not a doctor or the head of the patient treatment team.

    • Stev60

      Does anyone actually believe that if Putin had really wanted Navalny dead he would be dead? Or at the very least, rotting in a deep dark cell in the Lubyanka or equivalent. This episode is just more ridiculous antics from the usual suspects playing their usual imbecile games while the world spins into chaos and the West spirals down the toilet. And the fact that arch-liar-traitor Merkel is at its center is like a flashing alarm signal on the head of a skulking suicide-bomber.

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