Disinfo: Anyone is able to produce Novichok

Summary

Any laboratory in the world is able to produce this substance [Novichok] as Vil Mirzayanov has revealed in his book all the needed formulas to produce this toxic agent.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexey Navalny

The use of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was established beyond any doubt by a Bundeswehr laboratory.

In September 2017, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the full destruction of the 39,967 metric tons of chemical weapons possessed by Russia, but Novichok was never declared to the OPCW and wasn’t included in the Chemical Weapons Convention until 2019.

As far as Vil Mitzayanov is concerned, after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with Novichok in Salisbury in 2018, he said that “many countries could have had test samples, but production was only refined in the U.S.S.R. and Russia” and that Russia had to be behind the attempt because it “is the country that invented it, has the experience, turned it into a weapon... has fully mastered the cycle”.

There are also other cases following the same trend of disputing Navalny's poisoning and the use of Novichok by Russian state operatives, which can be found here and here.

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Recurring disinformation about American involvement in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

No evidence of any secret documents.

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Recurring disinformation narrative about the West's involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and tensions in Belarus.

There are no grounds for connecting any Western secret service to Navalny's poisoning. The activist fell ill on a 20 August flight from Siberia to Moscow. Initially hospitalized in Omsk, he was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin at the request of his family.