For some, the creation of Novichok in the USSR is equivalent to say that Russia and its special services are guilty of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. But Russia not only doesn’t have the monopoly over Novichok, but it has also stopped the development and production of these substances and destroyed its reserves. It is also known that Vil Mirzayanov, the chemist that worked with the creators of Novichok in the 1970s and 1980s and run to the US afterwards, published the formula of the nerve agent that, according to his own words, was repeatedly synthesised outside Russia.
Laboratories producing chemicals of the Novichok group are located in Georgia and the United States, while Russia does not produce such substances.
The Kremlin has already falsely linked Novichok to a laboratory in Georgia two years ago, read more on EUvsDisinfo.
At a news briefing on April 12, 2018, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova spoke on the investigation into the Skripal poisoning case and focused on the issue of “American bio laboratories in the post-Soviet space”, thus indirectly linking poisoning of Skripal and his daughter to Public Health Research Centers. Georgia and Ukraine were first named as the countries allegedly producing Novichok nerve agent by Zvezda nationwide TV channel. The latter did not rule out that Novichok came to the UK either from Georgia or from Ukraine.
See a further debunk by Polygraph.