The official representative of the Cabinet of Ministers of Germany, Steffen Seibert, said that a substance from the Novichok group was found in the body of Alexei Navalny.
Military toxicologists came to this conclusion. A toxicological study was carried out at the request of the Charite Clinic.
At the instigation of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, a special Bundeswehr laboratory carried out a toxicological test using samples from Alexej Nawalny. Thereby the unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novitschok group was provided. Alexej Navalny had been flown from Russia to Berlin for medical treatment on August 22nd with symptoms of poisoning,Steffen Seibert.
Recall, that August 21, Russian doctors announced that the main diagnosis was metabolic disorders and no poison was founded.
It is a startling event that Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia. The federal government condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms. The Russian government is urged to explain itself to the incident.Steffen Seibert.
The Federal Government will inform its partners in the EU and NATO about the results of the investigation via the Federal Foreign Office in the channels provided for this purpose. It will discuss an appropriate joint reaction with the partners in the light of the Russian agreement. The Federal Government will also contact the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The federal government will inform the parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag.Steffen Seibert.
Other countries also expressed their strong position on the Navalny case:
Who Invented Novichok
“Novichok” is a group of organophosphates with nerve agents. The Soviet Union developed it in the 1970s and 1980s as part of a chemical weapons program called the Foliant. All information about this poison, available in the public domain, was made public by Mirzayanov (scientist who created the poison) himself.
He worked for 26 years at the State Union Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, where the development of toxic substances of the Novichok group was carried out.
In 1992, the scientist, together with Lev Fedorov, a leading researcher at the Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, published an article in the Moscow News newspaper, in which he said that Russia, based on Novichok, had developed a new generation of binary weapons and was going to hide it from the world community. According to the chemist, he could not come to terms with such a “deception”, especially considering that Moscow was then preparing to sign the international Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
After the article was published, Mirzayanov was arrested and charged with divulging state secrets. Subsequently, the scientist’s case was closed, since no corpus delicti was found in his actions, and Mirzayanov himself emigrated to the United States.
Mirzayanov said that more than one ton of Novichok group substances were produced in Russia.
“Nobody in the whole world knew about this,”Vil Mirzayanov.
Why Novichok is so dangerous?
The “Novichok” group includes over a hundred toxic substances of various structures. The most dangerous of them are “Novichok-5” and “Novichok-7”. They are eight times more toxic than VX gas – the most poisonous of all substances artificially synthesized by humans.
Not much is known about the chemical composition of Novichok. It can be synthesized by mixing two non-toxic components. According to Mirzayanov, this allowed Soviet scientists to manufacture the constituents of the poisonous substance under the guise of producing agricultural chemicals.
Mirzayanov, who, by his own admission, has been testing and improving Novichok for many years, as no one else knows what effect this poison has on the human body. According to him, it is “at least ten times more powerful than any nerve agent.”
Novichok affects the nervous system, as a result of which the victim of poisoning cannot breathe and experiences very severe pain. This is torture. It is absolutely incurable. Those poisoned with this substance have no chance of full recovery.Vil Mirzayanov.
Signs of nerve poisoning include excess salivation and trouble breathing as the person can no longer control their muscles. This can lead to paralysis, convulsions, and ultimately death if a very high dose or prolonged exposure to a toxic substance is involved.
Since the toxic substances of the Novichok group are much more toxic than other similar substances, they act much faster. In this case, the ingestion of even a very small dose of poison can cause very serious harm.
Why Navalny could have been poisoned?
Navalny is a known politician and oppositionist. Also he established The Anti-corruption Foundation. The Anti-corruption Foundation is the only Russia-based NGO that investigates, exposes and fights corruption among high-ranking Russian government officials.
«To fight corruption you need two main things — political competition and independent media. There are almost no independent media in Russia. Therefore, we need to try to create political competition».Alexey Navalny.
Here is one of the examples why high-ranking Russian government officials might be unhappy with Navalny:
One of the theories of Navalny poisoning is numerous investigations made by his Foundation.