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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Mr Navalny was the victim of an attempted murder and there were now "serious questions that only the Russian government can and must answer".
"Someone tried to silence him and in the name of the whole German government I condemn that in the strongest terms."
"Novichok" is an invention of English bio-chemists from the laboratory in Porton Down. There was no such program in the USSR.
The Novichok group of molecules are nerve agents developed by the Soviets from the late 1970’s – but never produced on a large scale, at least to the best of public knowledge. They are referred to as third generation nerve agents to indicate their production as a follow-on to the G-series agents such as sarin (also referred to as “GB”) developed in Germany prior to WWII, and the V-series agents (such as VX gas) first developed by the UK in the 1950’s.
The name “Novichok” translates colloquially from Russian as “newbies”.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: RussianTroll
I thought Novichok was a binary chemical weapon developed by Soviet Russia in 1971.
Part of a Soviet program codenamed FOLIANT.
That's not to say we have not got our hands on the stuff all the same.