Sergei Skripal and his daughter are, according to the British government poisoned with novitsjok. That is a zenuwgif that probably has never been used.
The Russian ambassador in London, Alexander Vladimirovich Jakovenko, has until midnight, the time given to the British government to explain exactly what happened last week in Salisbury has happened. But …
The Russian ambassador in London, Alexander Vladimirovich Jakovenko, has until midnight, the time given to the British government to explain exactly what happened last week in Salisbury has happened. But Russia keep the boat. This afternoon the Russian Foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, at the Russian news agency Interfax said that his country is not guilty of the poisoning. He says that Russia wants to cooperate with the investigation, provided that the access to the research and to the steel of the gas used. London has that question until now rejected.
Novitsjok: dangerous and fast-acting
British researchers think that the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter poisoned with novitsjok, a very dangerous and fast-acting product that comes from Russia. The British prime minister, Theresa May sees two possibilities: either the Russian authorities hand in this gifaanval either the chemical products in the hands of cases of criminal gangs who, for one reason or another found it necessary to Skripal out of the way to clean up.
Novitsjok an unknown product. It was, when the late eighties was developed, also intended that under the radar would stay out of the methods that the Nato used chemical weapons to detect.
Probably is novitsjok a product of the Scientific Institute for organic chemistry and technology, that was in that period in Russia, a leader in the field of chemical warfare. One of the scientists at the institute, Vil Mirzajanov, told in 1993, an American journalist for the Washington Post about it zenuwgif. He felt uncomfortable. His country would be the Convention on the production, storage and use of chemical weapons, sign, and yet he was still working on a program for the development of secret chemical weapons.
It was 1993, the year that it became clear that the American president Bill Clinton was able to find with his Russian colleague Boris Yeltsin, and everyone thought that the Cold War had ended. But the development of the secret chemical weapons program was never shut down, it was never declared to the OPCW, the organisation that watches on the compliance of the Convention on Chemical Weapons. Yeltsin claimed that he had never promised that research focused on the development of chemical weapons for purely defensive purposes would be discontinued.
A very poisonous cocktail
Novitsjok means ‘newcomer’ in Russian. It was in two centres developed in the south of Russia and one in Uzbekistan. It is composed by two chemical products that are not fatal, but is a highly toxic cocktail when they are merged. It would be five to ten times more potent than VX, the gif that last year, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un is assassinated. Novitsjok can be both a powder as a liquid.
The British newspaper The Times suggests that the attackers at Sergei Skripal and his daughter powder have used that on their skin penetration. If they have inhaled, they would probably immediately have died, says Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a British specialist in the field of chemical warfare in The Times. The fact that the victims are still alive, there would be also can indicate that the chemical product was old and his speed to kill is weakened. According to the specialist, the victims might be lucky that the attack in the vicinity of Porton Down has happened, there is the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory. The researchers there knew novitsjok and knew what gifsporen they needed to look for, and what antidote they could administer.
The two Russian victims are still in critical condition in the hospital. But everyone remains worried because the consequences of a zenuwgif should never be underestimated.