Contents tagged with Novichok

  • Creator of Novichok nerve agent apologizes to Navalny

    One of the creators of the nerve agent Novichok, Vil Mirzayanov, apologized to the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned a few weeks ago.

    "I apologise deeply to Navalny for being involved in this criminal business to develop this substance that poisoned him," Mirzayanov said on air of the Russian TV channel Dozhd.

    Vil Mirzayanov, who has lived in the United States since 1995, added that after relocating to the U.S. he devoted his life to the fight against the use of …

  • Swedish and French laboratories confirm Russian opposition leader Navalny was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent

    The German government said on Monday that two other European laboratories had independently confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with the nerve-paralytic agent Novichok and called on Russia to cooperate.

    Specialized laboratories in Sweden and France confirmed the initial result from Germany, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

    "We once again call on Russia to explain itself about this event. We are in close contact with our European …

  • Russia wants to remove military poisons from the list of banned substances

    The Russian Defense Ministry has proposed to exclude combat poisons from the list of products, free sale of which is prohibited in Russia. The document with changes to the 1992 decree of the Russian President was published on the Kremlin’s website.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, all chemical weapons stored in Russia have been destroyed. In addition, Russia cannot develop and produce chemical weapons, as in 1997 it joined the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. …

  • Russian diplomats intend to meet the son of ‘Novichok’ poisoning victim

    The Russian Embassy in Great Britain expressed its readiness to meet with the son of the Dawn Sturgess, who died after being exposed to a nerve agent, which also affected Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, informs the Russian service of Radio Liberty.

    According to the Russian news agency TASS, the diplomatic mission noted that they intend to send Evan Hope the "Salisbury: questions without answers" report, prepared for the anniversary of the incident in Salisbury.

    "The embassy is ready to …

  • Suspected Russian spy detained in Sweden

    Deutsche Welle reports that the Swedish State Security Service (SEPO) detained a man suspected of spying for Russia in Stockholm. 

    SEPO suspects that the detainee has been involved in espionage activities since at least 2017. He could have been recruited by a Russian intelligence agent working under diplomatic cover. 

    The detainee worked in the field of advanced technologies, in particular, with information that is of interest to foreign intelligence services, notes SEPO. 

    In December 2018, …

  • Putin says he is very happy Skripal is recovering

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wished good health to Sergei Skripal, who has been discharged from the hospital, but believes that if a poisonous substance had been used against his person, Skripal would have died on the spot.

     “I think that if, as our British colleagues claim, a weapons-grade poison had been used, that person would be dead on the spot. Combat chemicals are so strong that the person either dies immediately or within seconds, maybe minutes," Putin said at a press conference …

  • Media: in the past several Western countries explored Novichok nerve agent

    Nerve agent Novichok, which was used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, was explored in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and at least one more western country, reports the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

    The publication emphasizes that these countries could have studied Novichok only to develop an antidote for it.

    In 2006, the U.S. Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) assured the Allies that his …