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“The ‘novochok’ group of nerve agents — a very loose term simply for a collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago — will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar persistent nerve agents is Israel.”
Soviet defectors say the Uzbekistan plant was the major research and testing site for a new class of secret, highly lethal chemical weapons called ''Novichok,''
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: oldcarpy
I am an expert in nothing but my trade. However, I know enough about chemistry, and how chemical traces can be identified, to know that without something to compare a sample to, identifying any chemical as being from a specific batch, or telling precisely where it came from, is impossible. It does not matter what it is, soil sample, an acid, a fuel or a particular mix of cocktail.
You cannot identify a sample precisely enough to point at its origins, unless you already have an exemplar for comparison.
originally posted by: zGrimReapah
Alleged Russian Hit in Guernsey
This was done in January over here and there's still an active inquiry into what happened and whether Russia was involved, this is the style of hit I'd expect, chemical weapons usage seems a bit over the top, but what do I know..
However, I hope whoever the culprit of the attack was gets caught and whoever else was involved is held accountable.
With all the 'Russiaphobia' that has been spewed for god knows how many months, don't you think they would rather keep their nose clean?
On top of which...they use a neuro toxin from pre '90's??? Considering the Litveyenko polonium (excuse spelling) was traced back to them, don't you think they would have used something rather more advanced and made sure it worked than something most countries in the world now have access to?
The nerve agent was top secret back then, Its existence came to light thanks to the scruples of a brave scientist named Vil Mirzayanov, who had worked at the State Union Scientific Research Institute
Sometime after that, Mirzayanov moved to New Jersey and took a position at Rutgers University.