Disinfo: At least 20 Western countries have dealt with Novichok

Summary

As for the deadly toxic substance, which is called Novichok in the West, its composition, structure, and mass spectrometry were first shown in 1998 within the Spectral Database of the US National Bureau of Standards.

Novichok is a purely western brand, and it is manufactured and is available in (no less than 20 western countries), Russia does not own it.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Novichok and Navalny's poisoning. Also, a good example of whataboutism. No proof is given on Novichok being produced in “The West”.

Back in 1992, the newspaper Moskovskie Novosti published an article by two Russian scientists about a powerful fourth-generation chemical weapon developed in Soviet Russia in the period of 1970-1990s under a Soviet programme codenamed Foliant.

Later, on the basis of the same article, Vil Mirzayanov, one of the authors was arrested with the accusation of revealing a state secret. In 1994, the Moscow Municipal Court tried to hold a closed hearing in the case, after which the case was returned to the prosecutor's office due to insufficient grounds for confirmation of the charges. Already living in the United States, Mirzayanov published a book in 2008 entitled State Secrets: An Insider's Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program, in which he discussed Novichok's formula, which means “Newcomer” in Russian.

After the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with Novichok in Salisbury in 2018, Dr. Vil  Mirzayanov said that “many countries could have had test samples, but production was only refined in the U.S.S.R. and Russia” because it “is the country that invented it, has the experience, turned it into a weapon... has fully mastered the cycle”.

See similar cases claiming that Russia doesn’t have Novichok anymore, that Poisoning of Navalny is a provocation to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2, that Navalny case is a special operation used to put pressure on Putin and just a pretext for the West to enforce Russophobia, and that the Novichok group doest not exist.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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