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Kremlin laughs at “Navalny case” – again

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Russian Foreign Ministry’s press secretary Maria Zakharova has yet again dwelled with her usual sarcasm on last year’s reports about “Russia’s top opposition leader” and “the deadly Novichok”. Zakharova made the comments with her hallmark sense of humour over her Telegram channel following newly released reports on the results of an inquiry into the “poisoning of Navalny”, which appeared in the course of the 97th session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in July.

On August 20 last year, Russia’s public activist and campaigner Alexei Navalny had to be taken off his flight at Omsk and was delivered to hospital in a grave condition. Well before the final diagnosis he was flown to a Berlin hospital and there he was diagnosed with Novichok poisoning. Later on, he revealed the results of his own investigation which established the involvement in the poisoning of a group of FSB agents. The story has become the butt of a joke in Russia. Russians want to know why Novichok has not killed anyone so far and why Russian special services are unable to carry out a simple elimination operation.

Giving rise to more jokes was the publication of “an inquiry into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny” which the Russian side obtained from a report on the activities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in implementation of its core document – the 2020-2021 Convention. Part 1.41 of the report, which was published after the session, says that “on August 20, 2020, at the request of Germany, the Secretariat dispatched a group of experts who were to render technical assistance in connection with reports about the poisoning of the Russian activist”. But August 20 was the very day of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, who suddenly felt ill on board of the plane and who told the passengers about the poisoning himself. At about 6 a.m. (4.00 CET) Moscow time the plane with Navalny on board made an emergency landing at Omsk. The news got into the media by midday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were in meeting at the time. At 18.30 CET they give a press conference signaling the need to conduct an inquiry. On the same day the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons received a request from Germany and reacted. However, for an international organization that adheres to specific procedures a reaction that quick is impossible for technical reasons. Unless all this has been planned before, which is what Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova points out.

Russian representatives prepared for the 97th session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons far better than the Germans. That’s why when asked why the draft report contains the date August 20 the German side first said that it was a misprint and then “recalled” that on that day chancellor Merkel turned to the Organization with a request. In any case, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons must secure a preliminary approval from its Secretariat before it can send any experts for conducting an inquiry. Interestingly, the Organization could not explain the confusion over the dates and procedures.

This situation enabled the Russian Foreign Ministry to ‘’strike a new blow’’, accusing the United States, Britain and a number of European countries of regularly breaching the Chemical Weapons Convention. Simultaneously, many Russian media reminded their subscribers that Navalny was hospitalized after two days of noisy parties and visits to the sauna. The lifestyle of “Russia’s top opposition campaigner” causes a lot of criticism, as the anti-corruption activist lives a lavish life, which is unaffordable to most Russians and alienates potential supporters.

Zakharova’s harsh and sarcastic statements, made via her Telegram channel (https://t.me/MariaVladimirovnaZakharova/302) and picked up by the Russian media, de facto demonstrate that Moscow views the entire “poisoning” story as poorly fabricated and will not accept whatever results the West’s inquiry may present. We can see that the “Navalny case” does have a lot of flaws and that the Kremlin had clearly pointed them out. Even the ardent opponents to the Russian government refrain from mentioning “poisoning”, saying that “Alexei” went over the line and that the story about “the Novichok-soaked underpants” sounds implausible.

Author: Slavisha Batko Milacic – analyst and historian from Montenegro

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US' version of RealPolitik
July 26, 2021

Indulging in a well-deserved redundancy, the OPCW has proven itself to be a thoroughly compromised tool.

No right minded person would trust it as far as a gnat could throw it.

Compactman
Compactman
July 26, 2021

You don’t have to be a genius to know that these so called ‘poisonings’ – Navalny and Skripal, were carried out by the infamous GRU of ‘Despicable Me’ (childrens cartoon film series) fame – a Western construct.
His name and accent and need to capture the Moon makes him a Russian!
Ha,Ha,Ha!

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July 26, 2021

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Luke Harding
Luke Harding
Reply to  Lauren McCarthy
July 27, 2021

That ain’t nuthin’. I’m making $50k a month fabricating and disseminating ever more outrageous stuff about Russia. The public eats it up.

David Bowlas
David Bowlas
July 26, 2021

Well the only way to treat a traitor is to laugh at him and that is what every Russian should do, I know Navalny’s 5 supporters will disagree but you can’t fix stupid.

GeneralSVR
GeneralSVR
Reply to  David Bowlas
July 27, 2021

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FlorianGeyer
FlorianGeyer
July 26, 2021

British spooks are not what they used to be. Perfidy used to be in the British spook DNA.

Today it appears that the spooks are obsessed with underpants and knobs etc, and their faithfulness toward ‘absurdity’.

Its oft said that what happens in the USA filters into the UK within 10 years. Stupidity it appears is infectious 🙂

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  FlorianGeyer
July 27, 2021

Wasn’t the UK famous for giving the world self-absorbed Fops and placing them throughout its government?

Toxik
Toxik
July 27, 2021

the west is more like the keystone cops… can’t get their story straight.

Helga I. Fellay
Helga I. Fellay
July 27, 2021

the Kremlin isn’t alone. Everyone with critical thinking ability anywhere in the world laughs at the Navalny case.

George Costanza
George Costanza
July 30, 2021

I’m surprised Mr. Brown Noses hasn’t been called in to bestow the OPCW with his expertise in underwear.

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