Kremlin trolling Navalny
From the FB page of ‘Boycott Russia Today’. Aug 22 2020.
Ben Macintyre [paywalled so this excerpt only]:
— Kremlin denial over attack on Navalny is yet another example of ‘vranyo’, a statement that is shamelessly untrue
Another critic of Vladimir Putin is struck down, and the official response from Moscow is familiar, routine, ritualised.
Claims that the anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny was poisoned are “mere conjecture”, says the Kremlin, adding, with smirking insincerity: “Naturally, we wish him the speediest possible recovery, just like any other citizen of our country”.
Tass, the official news agency, meanwhile launches an alternative theory: that Navalny poisoned himself, possibly while drunk. An unnamed law enforcement source is quoted as saying police “did not exclude that he drank or took something himself”. A doctor said: “No poisons have been detected”. Navalny’s family insist they are being lied to.