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Saturday, February 13, 2021

On the Navalny case....


Russia – stop calling the Navalny team “opposition”, they are NATO agents


By Christelle Néant 

Donbass Insider

Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, called for an end to the labeling Navalny and his team as “opposition” in Russia and for them to be called by their real name in view of their actions, namely NATO agents.

It must be said that following the complete sabotage of Alexey Navalny and his team, between the video published by the FSB showing his associate with a man considered to be an MI6 agent, and the abject behaviour of “Mr. 2%” in court against a veteran of the Second World War, the fact that the Russian “opposition” is in reality a team of NATO agents has become more and more flagrant.

Following the failure of the latest pro-Navalny demonstrations in Russia, his associate Leonid Volkov, who is leading the protest actions from abroad, had called on 4 February for them to cease until spring or even summer.

“We won’t organise a rally next weekend… The wave of protests must end at a high point. Because if we continue to get down, it will demotivate and frustrate everyone terribly… We are going to prepare well and organise something big in the spring and summer,” he said.

But on 9 February, the situation turned around, and the Navalny team announced that new actions would finally be carried out in February.

Why such a turnaround in barely five days? Because Volkov and Ashurkov (the one who had been filmed in the company of a supposed MI6 agent) went to receive their instructions from their Western bosses. And not even secretly. Poland proudly posted the meeting in question on its Twitter wall.

“Recent developments in EU-Russia relations require action by EU Member States. This is why Poland is hosting a virtual meeting with A. Navalny’s closest associates, Leonid Volkov and Vladimir Ashurkov. The 27 permanent representatives of the EU with the ambassadors of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Ukraine are now discussing the next steps”.

In short, NATO has given its orders to the Navalny team for the next steps to be taken, making them agents of the organisation. No conspiracy in all this is explicitly stated in the tweet!

The meeting at which Ashurkov and Volkov received their orders from their NATO bosses did not escape the notice of Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, who commented it on her Facebook wall as proof that Navalny’s team is in fact a group of influence agents.

“What happened between 4 and 9 February that led the opposition to radically change its tactics? It’s simple – there was an online meeting with Volkov and Ashurkov at the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels on 8 February 2021, attended by EU countries, the United States and the United Kingdom. In fact, it was a meeting of NATO countries. NATO members gave instructions to the “opposition”, or in fact to their agents of influence, on how to conduct subversive operations “more intelligently”. 


The West has already invested too much money and resources in this story to wait for spring. They understand well that in spring, the information campaign launched by the West will be deflated. They can no longer juggle with the theme of “chemical weapons” without presenting facts because their backs are against the wall. So they’re just all-in,” she wrote on her wall.

While on the set of Russia’s first television channel, Maria Zakharova went even further in drawing the conclusion from all this, saying that it was necessary to stop calling the Navalny team “opposition” and instead describe them as what they are, namely agents of NATO influence.

“Generally speaking, we should stop calling them “opposition”, opposition is something else. They are agents of influence,” she said.

Commenting on the details of the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stressed that this was a NATO meeting with its agents of influence aimed at destabilising the situation in Russia.

“It doesn’t matter how you make it up, it doesn’t matter how you call it, but it is a meeting with influence agents to destabilise the situation in a sovereign state, there is no other way to call it”, said Zakharova.

And for the diplomat such acts on the part of Russian citizens can only be described as treason.

“It’s banal and vulgar, it’s always been like that. Take the classic works of our authors: from high literature to children’s fairy tales. For our country, this is a story whose qualification is unequivocal. We now take no legal references, etc. But as far as the moral and ethical assessment is concerned, this is treason,” said Ms Zakharova.

The diplomat also stressed that Alexey Navalny, presented by the West as a “prisoner of conscience”, did not deserve such a qualification because he has no conscience.

“I would like to say that the Western media also supported or participated in this campaign… as well as non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International, which described Navalny as a “prisoner of conscience”. This is an oxymoron – you cannot call a person who has no conscience because he or she is lying a prisoner of conscience,” said Zakharova at a Duma meeting that investigated foreign interference in Russia’s internal affairs.

She said that Russia could not consider the actions of the countries involved “other than as an attempt to divert information resources to interfere in the internal affairs of the country, which is contrary to international legal principles”.

The Navalny affair and its use by NATO countries to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs clearly shows the double Western standard, which shouts out for imaginary Russian interference, but does not hesitate to do to Moscow what it accuses it of doing. But above all, it could end up completely scuttling Alexey Navalny and his team on the political level in Russia. Because the Russians have no desire to have a NATO agent at the head of the country. 


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