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How could Novichok have poisoned people four months after the Skripal attack?

Russia has as usual tried to cast doubt on its responsibility for the poisoning of two people in Amesbury with the same batch of Novichok that was used in the Skripal assissination attempt. One line the Kremlin propaganda machine has thrown out into the information space is “how could the agent have lasted so long?”. Chemical weapons expert Dan Kaszeta explains the various factors that show it is entirely realistic for the deadly nerve agent to still have been potent enough to kill four months later.

Yes, you can be poisoned with Novichok and survive

The widely publicised attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March 2018 certainly did a lot to bring chemical warfare agents, particularly nerve agents, into the public consciousness in the UK and elsewhere. Recent developments in the neighbouring town of Amesbury, where a couple are ill due to coming in contact with the same materials, continue to keep this case in the spotlight. These incidents also bring a lot of questions ranging from the sensible to the ridiculous, and the situation bred numerous odd “alternative narratives” and conspiracy theories.


Putin’s Lies Follow a Russian Tradition

The Kremlin lies. Repeatedly and seriously. This is the only conclusion which can be drawn if you accept the view of the British Government that the Russian state is behind the attack using a nerve agent on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yuliya. The Russian authorities have already put out at least 17 different versions of what happened.

Assessing the Putin Junta

It is essential to realise that when dealing with Vladimir Putin and his circle, you are not dealing with politicians, but with hardened men of a secret service or military mindset who believe that they have a mission to make Russia stand out on the world stage; for whom human life is a disposable commodity; who are unaffected by emotions such as compassion; who have become fantastically wealthy in Russia and will do anything to preserve that wealth.

Russian Lies and the Skripal Case

Even before the full details of the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England, are known, there is much speculation that the Russian state – and particularly, President Vladimir Putin – may be responsible
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