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The social and economic impact of chemical weapons attacks

The use of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) weapons by terrorists has long been considered a credible danger. For a long time, it was difficult to draw broad conclusions from the relatively rare occurrences of such acts using CBRN materials. The Tokyo subway incident (1995), the Anthrax incidents in the USA (2001), the Litvinenko poisoning (2006), and the Salisbury nerve agent incidents (2018) give us some basis to draw broader conclusions as to the overall impact that such events have on communities and society.

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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.
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