Navalny Novichok Poisoning: The (Very Unlikely) Story So Far, by Kit Knightly

More mad Russian poisoners on the loose! From Kit Knightly at

“Maybe the Russians failed on purpose because they want to scare us.”

For those of you who haven’t been following the news – Russian politician (or “opposition figure”, as he is universally referred to in the Western press) Alexei Navalny was taken ill two weeks ago. It is now being reported he was “poisoned” with “novichok”.

Here’s a quick rundown of the official story as it currently stands (bearing in mind that, as with most “official stories” it will likely be subject to instant, contradictory and retroactive changes in the coming weeks):

  • Alexei Navalny has never held any elected office, his political party doesn’t have a single MP in the Duma, and he polls at roughly 2% support with the Russian people.
  • Despite this, and in the middle of an alleged “pandemic”, Vladimir Putin deems the man a threat and orders him killed.
  • The State apparatus responsible for unnecessary and seemingly arbitrary acts of political murder decide to use novichok to poison him.
  • This decision is taken in spite of the facts that a) Novichok totally and utterly failed to work in their alleged murder of the Skripals and b) It has already been widely publicly associated with Russia.
  • Rather unsurprisingly, the novichok which didn’t kill its alleged target last time, doesn’t kill its alleged target this time either.
  • Compounding their poor decision making, the Russians not only perform an emergency landing and take Navalny straight to a hospital for medical care.
  • Despite Navalny being helpless and comatose in a Russian hospital, the powerful state-backed assassination team make no further attempts on his life.
  • In fact, seemingly determined to under no circumstances successfully kill their intended victim, the Russian government, allow him to leave the country and get medical help from one of the countries which previously accused them of using novichok.

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2 responses to “Navalny Novichok Poisoning: The (Very Unlikely) Story So Far, by Kit Knightly

  1. This narrative does not address the countless journalists, former intelligence officers, other political opponents/activists, business people, etc. that have been imprisoned, tortured or murdered by poisoning, shooting, beatings or other means that the FSB and other official Russian “security agencies” (i.e. Putin lackeys) utilize to suppress or silence opposition to the Great Father and Leader, Vladimir Putin (a.k.a. Josef Stalin wannabee). Furthermore, it ignores the normal, day-to-day agitation, subversive activities and hybrid aggression that Russia routinely practices in the Baltic States, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus and other “areas of strategic interest”, within what they refer to as the “near abroad”, as well as further afield. It would be extremely naïve, even profoundly stupid, to ignore Russia’s attempts to manipulate elections both in the USA, the EU and other spheres. As Putin famously responded more than 25 years ago, when asked about his status as a former KGB officer: “There is no such things as a former KGB officer!”


    • To expand the discussion, assuming the truth of what you say, what should the US and EU’s policy be regarding particularly the Baltic states, Ukraine, and Belarus? Should they guarantee the security of those countries? Is that even possible? Should they overtly intervene in those nations’ affairs, as they did in Ukraine in 2014?


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