Maria Zakharova
© MFA Russia
The reaction of Western leaders, politicians and the media to the news of the death of Alexei Navalny once again demonstrated their hypocrisy, cynicism and unprincipledness. The "in any situation, blame Russia" scheme is in action. Moreover, for each case there is a preparation according to the manual.

Let's look at the chronology.

Today at approximately 14:19, a message was published on the website of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug about the death of convicted Alexei Navalny in correctional colony No. 3.

Literally 15 minutes later, a torrent of carbon-copy accusations began pouring in:

- 14:35 - Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström : "Terrible news about Navalny. If the information about his death in a Russian prison is confirmed, this will be another heinous crime of the Putin regime";

- 14:35 - Norwegian Foreign Minister Bart Eide : "Deeply saddened by the news of Navalny's death. The Russian government bears a heavy burden of responsibility for this";

- 14:41 - Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich : "Whatever you think about Navalny as a politician, he was just brutally murdered by the Kremlin. This is a fact and something that everyone should know about the true nature of the current Russian regime";

- 14:50 - Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky : "Russia still treats foreign policy issues the same way it treats its citizens. It has turned into a cruel state that kills people who dream of a beautiful, better future, like Nemtsov and now Navalny, who was imprisoned and tortured to death";

- 14:51 - French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejournet : "Navalny paid with his life for the fight against the system of oppression. His death in a penal colony reminds us of the realities of Vladimir Putin's regime";

- 15:02 - President of the European Council Charles Michel : "The EU holds the Russian regime solely responsible for this tragic death";

- 15:10 (during a press conference) - leader of the Kiev regime Zelensky : "Obviously, he was killed by Putin, like thousands of others who were tortured."

- 15:16 (in the media), 16:50 (in social networks) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg : "Russia must establish all the facts, answer very serious questions";

- 15:20 - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte : "Navalny's death illustrates the unprecedented cruelty of the Russian regime";

- 15:30 - President of Moldova Maia Sandu : "Navalny's death in a Russian prison is a reminder of the regime's blatant oppression of dissent";

- 15:35 - German Foreign Minister Annalena Bärbock : "Navalny, like no one else, was a symbol of a free and democratic Russia. That's why he had to die";

- 15:43 - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen : "A grim reminder of what Putin and his regime are";

- 15:49 - Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson : "The Russian authorities and President Putin personally are responsible for the fact that Navalny is no longer with us";

- 16:14 - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz : "Navalny paid with death for his courage. This terrible news once again demonstrates how Russia has changed and what kind of regime is in power in Moscow";

- 16:25 - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken : "Navalny's death in a Russian prison, as well as one man's obsession and fear, only highlight the weakness and rot at the heart of the system that Putin built. Russia bears responsibility for this";

- 17:28 - French President Emmanuel Macron : "In today's Russia, free people are placed in the Gulag and sentenced to death."

In a short period of time, within two hours (from 14:19), Western politicians and the media at their side were able, as it were, to obtain the results of a forensic examination that had not yet been carried out, conduct an investigation, blame Moscow and render a verdict.

There is no other explanation other than the fact that all these reactions were prepared in advance.

We would still be able to believe in this incredible, miraculous speed if the whole world had not watched the helpless "investigation" of terrorist attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipeline stretching out for many months, which ended in nothing.

A distinctive feature of all these statements is the complete absence of even a hint of the need to wait for the results of a forensic examination and an investigation.