GUEST BLOG: Ross Meurant – The intriguing case of Putin critic, Alexie Navalny.

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Ariel Cohen, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told Al Jazeera the suspected poisoning of Navalny was not the first-time critics of the Kremlin have been targeted in such a way.

“So clearly, being an outspoken opposition leader or being a corruption fighter or a whistle-blower in Russia is a dangerous business indeed,” said Cohen. (1)

Activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, told BBC News: “I thought Alexei was so powerful as a political figure that Mr Putin would not interfere.” (2)

The unequivocal message being conveyed by Western empathetic media is, that the Russians or Kremlin and Putin by innuendo, to be more specific, deal with parties it considers to be traitors, by way of poisoning.   

No evidence.  Just, speculation

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Conversely, the evidence against the ‘west’ and America in particular, about how it treats its dissents, is well documented.

Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Abu Ghraib (3)(4)

Alexei Navalny fell ill last month while onboard a flight from Siberia to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk and Russian officials were persuaded to let him be airlifted to Germany two days later.

On Wednesday, the German government confirmed the doctors’ fears: Mr. Navalny, 44, had been poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok family, a potent class of chemical weapon developed by the Soviet Union that was used at least once before in recent years in an attack on a Kremlin enemy.  Traces of the poison were found on Navalny’s skin. (5)

Question

If Novichok was used, where is the collateral damage?

Novichok is a highly dangerous transmittable nerve agent (Skripal case), yet there are no reports of air hostesses on Navalny’s plane, or any other parties who assisted Navalny within Russia or once in Germany, falling ill from contact with Navalny?

As readers may recall, the globe was flooded with photos of British medics and MI5 clothed in copious protective garments to protect themselves from this highly transmittable nerve agent, as they searched for clues in the Skripal case.

Anyone seen a foto of the German medics dressed in similar attire?

Political fallout

Merkel faces calls to scrap Nord Stream 2 after Navalny poisoning (6)

German MPs warn chancellor she can no longer afford to back Vladimir Putin’s pet pipeline project

Enter NATO.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members were united in condemning the “horrific” attack and has called for Russia to disclose its Novichok nerve agent programme to international monitors, following the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny. (7)

He added there was “proof beyond doubt” that a Novichok nerve agent was used against Mr Navalny. 

Question.

What really is going on here?

More Speculation.

Consider this.

Because Merkle continues to affirm that German as a sovereign state, has the right to take Russian gas via the Baltic Sea pipe line, in defiance of Trump’s persistent bellowing, the CIA decide to inject a bit of their own poison, onto the mix.

 

Ross Meurant, B.A. M.P.P. Currently Honorary Consul for an African state and Trustee & MD of absentee Russian owned commercial assets in NZ. Former National MP, and former police inspector in charge of Auckland region C.I.S. & V.I.P. security [aka spies and body guards].

 

  1.  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/alexei-navalny-health-condition-worrying-200822095829654.html
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53871617
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eLocrnmVy0
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamo_Bay_detention_camp and Abu Ghraib https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/world/europe/navalny-poison-novichok.html
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/merkel-pressured-to-end-nord-stream-2-support-after-navalny-poisoning
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53979820

36 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting – we know that no country can be trusted, so which is the most/least trustable. I came across the report from a way back that British agents had destabilised a small country, and the foremost actor was offered another country to work on but turned it down. The report was not from’]t care two hoots about anyone. So the idea of damning Putin and Russia with a sly attack isn’t impossible.

  2. Mhmm,.. smear campaigns, lies and deceit to destroy the Russian sale of oil… it seems… one can see the west’s ‘unseen deep state’s’ complicity in this… I wouldn’t put it past them one jot.

  3. “So clearly, being an outspoken opposition leader or being a corruption fighter…”

    Well. Somebody from the Atlantic Council WOULD say that, wouldn’t they. Navalny as opposition leader and corruption fighter? Hahahahaha! He’s a minnow, not much liked by ordinary Russians. Were it not for political freedoms in Russia, Navalny wouldn’t be able to do what he does, and people would not know who he is. His support is minuscule: about 2% support, I believe (I may be being generous there): his brand of nationalism and racism is not popular in Russia.

    What is a bit interesting is how Navalny’s support base has shifted. Back in 2012 or so, his followers were what have been (unkindly) described as office plankton. Now he’s lost that crowd and the people at his rallies are all teenagers. Only a political genius would hit on the idea of appealing to people who aren’t old enough to vote.

    Most of these kids will have grown out of it in a year or two, and will be so embarrassed at themselves, they’ll be begging Roskomnadzor to delete their protest snaps from the internet.

    As for corruption fighter: good grief. I don’t recall the dates, but from memory, Navalny and his buddy strongarmed the head of the Kirovles lumber concern into selling timber to their own company, VLK, instead of selling it directly to the customers.

    The idea behind the scam was that Navalny and his buddy would use their business expertise and connections to generate more business. In reality, they just sold the product to the same customers as before, but with a markup.

    This happened when Navalny was attached to the staff of Nikita Belykh, a liberal who had been appointed regional governor of Kirov.

    Navalny and his mate (Ofitserov I think) knew sod-all about the timber industry, so what they were going to do that Kirovles wasn’t already doing is a mystery. However, as scams go, it was not a very good one. His current one, of campaigning for president and collecting donations while not being allowed to run, is a much better scam.

    I don’t remember whether Navalny was dumb enough to hire Mark Feygin as his lawyer, but he certainly spent a lot of the trial claiming the justice system had no right to try him, and you’ll-all-pay-for-this-when-I’m-president and so on. So: not planning on being a bleeding heart liberal incumbent of the Kremlin, in the unlikely event of his being elected, then.

    During the Maidan madness, a Ukrainian judge who had passed sentence on rioters was murdered (whether anyone was ever punished, I have no idea). Navalny cited it as a warning to the Russian legal system. Christ… no wonder his electoral support is minuscule.

    And the fact that westerners are shilling for him is a reminder that he is more popular among foreigners than he will ever be in his own country. TV news here describes every Navalny protest as a Russian revolution; journalists never remember anything for more than a day or two, so they never suffer any ill effects from their predictions being wrong.

    I note that the Saker is gleefully poking the borax at Western shouting about Novickok:

    http://thesaker.is/russians-are-the-dumbest-most-incompetent-idiots-on-the-planet/

    And Moon of Alabama similarly takes the piss:

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/09/navalny-gets-skripaled.html#comments

    “My sense is that the Navalny incident, or at least what is made of it, is a reaction to the failure of the U.S. run color revolution attempt in Belarus. “Russia” must be punished for this.”

    It also looks to be an attempt to strongarm Merkel into pulling support for Nordstream 2. Whether she’ll buckle, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • Greywarbler: “…you seem to know of what you speak.”

        Heh! I do. He was on trial in about 2013. His case was not well-reported in the West. Perhaps not reported at all: such unsavoury news didn’t chime with the US/UK’s characterisation of him as the noble dissident. Very funny, but for all the wrong reasons.

  4. Navalny is a diabetic.
    He was also recieved funding from NED so is a CIA asset in the context of his role. NED is directly funded by US congress.
    Whats new.

  5. There’s also Lukashenko’s secret service recordings of a conversation between Warsaw and Berlin officials
    The Polish guy says “But was Navalny really poisoned?”
    The German replies “Who cares?It’ll teach Putin to keep his nose out of Belarus”
    I’m sorry , there is no way in the world Putin would have gone for the miniscule satisfaction of disposing of a very minor irritant at a time when the stakes are so high for Nordstream 2.He is not stupid and he is not insane
    And why on earth would he use novichock ? Couldn’t a very quiet heart attack be arranged, a car accident, dismemberment in an Embassy..no sanctions there ..fatal diabetic episode
    Novichok’s most powerful effect is as a propaganda tool for the west.
    All this comes at a time when Netflix is screening a spooky scary 3 parter on Putin the poisoner .FFsake, I really despair of people’s critical faculties
    Anyway, Russia still has the original blood samples
    So far the German military laboratory (for godsake!!!) has refused to share it’s analysis
    It may well be that Navalny is all washed up in Russia, having lost a libel battle, about to dissolve his corruption foundation .It’s time for him to join the Skripals in NZ haha

    • Hi Francesca: “It may well be that Navalny is all washed up in Russia, having lost a libel battle, about to dissolve his corruption foundation .It’s time for him to join the Skripals in NZ haha”

      Heh! Yup, I’ve seen speculation somewhere that – like Guaido – he’s now a useless idiot in the eyes of his western handlers, who conclude that he might be more useful dead. Though one has to wonder at the Novichok furphy being trotted out yet again. Do western intel really think that Joe Public is so all-fired stupid as to buy this twice? I grant you: the msm evidently swallows this story whole (I’ve challenged RNZ about broadcasting fake news, a thing they virtuously claim not to do). But the rest of us? Oh gimme a BREAK!

      Wasn’t that a hilarious story about the Skripals coming to NZ? The fact that UK intel dreamt that one up says a great deal about their lack of intelligence. And their sheer blinding ignorance about NZ: definitely not a country in which people can disappear. Just ask the DGSE: their stupid, arrogant agents found that out over the Rainbow Warrior bombing.

      A member of this household thinks that the Skripals have taken a trip to the deeps of the Atlantic in concrete boots. May well be so.

      • Once again UK pop culture comes to the fore
        Anytime a script writer of a soapie needs to “disappear” a character, they are dispatched to NZ, that mythical small country at the bottom of the world , never to be seen again
        All relying heavily on a mass audience who outsource their understanding of the world to television

        • Hah Fransesca well put. We tease the world’s synapses from a distance.
          And yes, rumble rumble from an oldie who has concluded this as the base of all our troubles – All relying heavily on a mass audience who outsource their understanding of the world to television

      • Yep it’s a goodie all right
        You know if only the Russians could learn to deal with their dissidents a bit more like the Brits, or the Saudis, bone saws and torture , so much more civilised

        • Francesca: “…if only the Russians could learn to deal with their dissidents a bit more like the Brits, or the Saudis, bone saws and torture , so much more civilised”

          Heh! Yeah, instead of respecting their political freedoms and allowing them to blather all over politics shows on TV. What are they thinking?

  6. Good to see a general response of healthy scepticism to this story.
    But what are the implications? I think they might be quite serious . Presuming there is a plan behind the events. If the CIA or other Western based agency is responsible, who is in on the plot? And what is the end plan of the chorus of condemnation of Putin’sRussia from all the MSM? We are all clearly supposed to hate and fear Russia.Are they really preparing us to accept WW3. It looks that way to me.
    Interesting that Trump says he has seen no evidence of Navalny’s poisoning.
    D J S

    • I can’t understand why Merkel is hobbling her country’s industry in this way …if this is indeed about Nordstream 2, and the Navalny poisoning gives her an easy out from the original commitment
      The powerful industrialists are surely not willing to pay hugely more for fracked gas from the US
      I seem to have missed the bit where Saudi Arabia was sanctioned to death over Khashoggi
      I also can’t believe that this was the work of an oligarch targeted by Navalny over corruption .That oligarch would surely know that Putin would immediately be fingered, and that his days would be numbered.
      Mostly I find it hard to believe that western audiences are so gullible and unsophisticated that they are fully on board with these cartoon like narratives
      Is Hollywood and the entertainment industry to blame?
      A lack of good classical education?Historical ignorance?
      An inability to read widely?
      The merging of “news” with entertainment?

      • Francesca: “I can’t understand why Merkel is hobbling her country’s industry in this way…”

        From what I’ve seen, it appears to be an attempt by the US (and possibly by disaffected Germans: there’s no love lost, of course, after the humiliation of WW2) to force Merkel to change her mind, rather than her looking for an excuse to pull support. Most Germans will doubtless be hoping that she has more balls than those attempting to white-ant Nordstream 2.

        “Is Hollywood and the entertainment industry to blame?
        A lack of good classical education?Historical ignorance?
        An inability to read widely?
        The merging of “news” with entertainment?”

        All of the above, I suspect. Though in fairness to all of us, up until the arrival of the internet, we were relentlessly propagandised by our news services. Moreover, there’s no tradition of foreign affairs specialisation in the msm in NZ. This has been pointed out in recent times.

        The last big conflict about which we were comprehensively lied to by UK and US msm was the breakup of Yugoslavia and the ensuing conflicts. Luckily, the truth about that godawful disaster can now be found online.

        At the time of the Ukraine putsch, in comment threads I characterised US foreign policy as “Disneyland-style”. I’ve seen nothing since to change my mind.

      • Francesca: “I can’t understand why Merkel is hobbling her country’s industry in this way …if this is indeed about Nordstream 2…”

        In light of that Australian YouTube clip I posted earlier, all of us need to remember this about Germany: “Wir sind also Amerika’s bitches, oh ja! oh ja!” Pardon my mix of appalling Deutsch and English…. I’m not sure that “bitches”, as it’s meant here, has an actual translation into Deutsch.

    • David Stone: “We are all clearly supposed to hate and fear Russia.”

      In the UK, animus toward Russia goes back a very long way indeed: possibly centuries. Historians may have some explanation for it: I don’t really know enough about it.

      It certainly doesn’t stem from so-called aggression towards the UK on the part of Russia. The trajectory of invasion has traditionally been from Europe to Russia, rather than the other way about.

      “Are they really preparing us to accept WW3.”

      Once he knew about the existence of the atomic bomb, Churchill is said to have urged the Yanks to bomb the major cities of the USSR. Fortunately, common sense prevailed on the US side (hard to believe, I know…) and it didn’t happen.

      I doubt that WW3 will happen. It appears that even the dumbest of the Washington Establishment has figured out that any conflict of that sort would be internecine.

      In the same way, it appears that such people have figured out that they couldn’t put boots on the ground in Russia (or China). If they’d had any lingering doubts about this, they need only look at the disaster which befell the Nazis in WW2.

      • I thought that Russians have very heavy cash deposits salted away in UK banks? Is that separate from sort of guerilla attacks on Russia’s interests by the west. Do they want to ensure that the UK doesn’t grovel to the USA completely as they would lose much of their investment substance? And where would the Russians bank instead if they have removed the theoretical investments I mention?

        • Greywarbler: “…Russians have very heavy cash deposits salted away in UK banks?”

          The majority of the people who do that don’t live in Russia and frequently they’re fugitives from the law.

          Such fugitives are usually oligarchs, evading the Russian government’s attempts to prosecute them for tax-dodging, fraud, or other such unsavoury activities.

  7. I can’t understand why Merkel is hobbling her country’s industry in this way …if this is indeed about Nordstream 2, and the Navalny poisoning gives her an easy out from the original commitment
    The powerful industrialists are surely not willing to pay hugely more for fracked gas from the US
    I seem to have missed the bit where Saudi Arabia was sanctioned to death over Khashoggi
    I also can’t believe that this was the work of an oligarch targeted by Navalny over corruption .That oligarch would surely know that Putin would immediately be fingered, and that his days would be numbered.
    Mostly I find it hard to believe that western audiences are so gullible and unsophisticated that they are fully on board with these cartoon like narratives
    Is Hollywood and the entertainment industry to blame?
    A lack of good classical education?Historical ignorance?
    An inability to read widely?
    The merging of “news” with entertainment?

    • Merkel did state almost at the same time as the original announcement that it would not effect the Nord Stream 2, but she is under pressure to reverse this of course.
      She can only react to what her scientists are telling her, and they can only say what they found. They can’t determine where it came from or when. Or whether the unconscious Navalny set the whole thing up himself, and the MSM already primed. He could have induced a diabetic coma by simply not eating and had suitably diluted traces of the poison placed by the people who belatedly sent his water bottle to Germany without the Russian doctors ever seeing it.
      If the reaction on this page is anything to go by , there is far more scepticism in the general public than in the MSM.
      D J S

        • David Stone: thanks for the YouTube clip. Joan Baez: part of the soundtrack of my youth, though I don’t recall that particular song.

          It was thought-provoking, reading the lyrics and looking at the pix accompanying her performance. One image showed a sign: “smash communism”. How deluded we all were! Victims of the relentless propaganda coming out of the US and the UK. We – and US protesters -ought to have stuck to the US civil rights issue, apartheid, and opposition to the Vietnam war. We ought to have seen that cold war and communism stuff for what it was: bollocks.

          I note that the song in the clip was written by her brother-in-law Richard Fariña. I had thought that her song “Sweet Sir Galahad” was written about him, but I see that it wasn’t.

          • At one stage the followers of communist in the British Isles and USA was so strong that is scared shit out of the 1% who rallied the elite to a programme promoting fear of communist.
            That programme is still well alive today particularly in the USA.
            The wealthy parasites have reason to fear Communism but Socialism is OK when they are the beneficiaries. They do not share,

            • John W: “….the followers of communist in the British Isles and USA was so strong that is scared shit out of the 1% who rallied the elite to a programme promoting fear of communist.”

              Exactly. This fact explains everything about the US/UK stance against the USSR (and China), post-WW2. The elites were scared stiff that communism would spread throughout Europe. And the thing that really scared them wasn’t lack of democracy: they didn’t give a toss about that. It was the thought of having their assets confiscated and redistributed to the working classes.

              Many – perhaps most – commenters here will be unaware that the USSR applied to join NATO when it was formed, but was refused membership by the US. Some years later, the USSR formed the Warsaw Pact.

              I’ll also take a punt that almost nobody reading this post understands why, at the end of WW2, Stalin took all those countries into the purview of the USSR. It was Churchill who characterised the USSR as the “Iron Curtain”. Old hypocrite that he was: at that stage, the British Empire still existed, with the resulting lack of democracy for so many countries under the Empire’s yoke. Not – thankfully – NZ, of course.

  8. Who do we believe in this case?
    Who can we believe in almost every case where dispute over who did what, when and how, arises between super powers?

    Unquestionable, Iraq was invaded by America and its poodles.
    But why?

    15 Years Ago, Colin Powell Lied to the United Nations, when he brandished a vail of liquid -claiming it was irrefutable evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction
    https://theintercept.com/2018/02/06/lie-after-lie-what-colin-powell-knew-about-iraq-fifteen-years-ago-and-what-he-told-the-un/

    Pity is, that was just another lie by another great American in 2003.

    In 2004 The then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated that: “I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view and the UN Charter point of view, it [the war] was illegal”, explicitly declaring that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/sep/16/iraq.iraq

    No WMD!

    The Chilcott later report deemed: Tony Blair is culpable – though not criminally responsible – for the worst UK foreign policy disaster since the Suez crisis of the 1950s. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36712735

    In Navalny’s case, are we to believe the Germans?

    The question is, what sort of poison?
    Why wont the Germans produce evidence of the substance to the Russians?
    Similar route to Skripal case where the British refused to produce evidence of the poison they say they found.

    But even if the Britz or the Germans do produce evidence of the poison they say they found,
    The question is; who put ‘it’ there?

  9. One pertinent question for fence sitters is: if Novichok is such a lethal substance why did it not kill certain people instantly in the two highly publicised–by anglosphere media–Sailsbury, and now Navalny cases?

  10. This whole thing, and I mean The Whole Thing, and by that I mean The Whole Global Thing could be fixed by administering high end Ecstasy to those miscreants who’ve escaped or were plucked from the primary school sand pit psychiatrically half cooked.
    I mean? Who knows? Maybe they fancied their brothers/sisters or that their maniacally laughing mother’s flogged them with cold wet towels as the TV blared while they lay howling on the bathroom floor and they got a stiffie? Who would know!?
    I do know, however, that it’s impossible to hate and plot and scheme to kill while fully loved up on good E while really desperately wanting to hug kittens. Hand a murderous person a gun while high on proper E and they’ll run off with it to bury it somewhere then find a nice spot to write a love poem to the mail man. Or a fence post? Does it really matter which?
    Honestly and seriously? We’re all just big old kids. All we want is fun and cuddles.
    We will all die eventually, some of us will die old and spent and yet still as children. Some of us will die after causing great harm and damage and for no good reason. There can never be a ‘good reason’ for that.
    Hugs AND drugs people. Hugs AND drugs.
    ( I’ve never taken E. What’s it like…? )

    • As usual CB your homespun wisdom has me clutching my sides with laughter, you truly are the Jed Clampet of socialism, shit im a Covid Cindy h8er and id vote for ya.

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