Nawalny’s poisoning is also similar to the reaction of the german government to the skripal case

Nawalny's poisoning also resembles the skripal case with the reaction of the german government

Image Alexey Navalny: Evgeny Feldman.0

In the Skripal case, too, the substance was not disclosed and the allegedly most lethal nerve agent did not take effect until late

According to yesterday’s statement by the German government, the Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology of the German Armed Forces in Munich has analyzed samples of the Russian opposition politician Nawalny, and "without any doubt" that it is a chemical warfare agent from the Novichok group. The Charite had spoken of a poisoning, but could not find the poison, but the Bundeswehr laboratory now also does not communicate which substance was identified. The Bundeswehr or. The institute have so far not given any more precise information.

The Russian government, as reported by Ria Novosti, has not received any further information from the German government. Kremlin spokesman Peskov stated that no evidence of poison had been found in Russia. No further information was received from Germany to initiate an investigation. The Prosecutor General’s Office had sent a request for legal assistance to Berlin without having received a reply so far.

When the Skripal case had been investigated by the British Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down, there was also only talk of Novichok, but not of the specific substance. There are more than 100 substances in the Novichok group. Allegedly it was A-234. Already at that time it was suspected that the laboratory did not declare the substance because it became known that it had this agent itself. However, the head of the laboratory explained that the origin of the nerve agent identified in Skripal’s case could not be specified, that it was associated with "extrem ausgeklugelten Verfahren" had been made, which "probably" to a state (origin of Novichok nerve agent unknown). This has not prevented the British government from continuing to point the finger not only at the Russian authorities but also at the Kremlin, as is happening again right now.

Was it really Novichok?

The binary agent Novichok is considered the most deadly nerve agent yet developed. It was invented by Soviet scientists in secret military laboratories, but quickly made public by those involved after the end of the Cold War. Since then, it is also known in the West, the BND, for example, had received samples in the 1990s and also passed them on. Later, one of the developers, Vil Mirzayano, published a book about it. But there are also doubts about the existence.

The OPCW had confirmed the findings of the British military laboratory, but spoke only of a "toxic chemical", which, however, was very pure. There was a dispute in the OPCW because the head of the organization at the time claimed that 50-100 grams were used in the attack. Ein Sprecher der Organisation musste seinen Chef korrigieren. Es sei nicht moglich, die Menge des Nervengifts abzuschatzen oder zu bestimmen. Die Menge musste man wahrscheinlich in Milligramm angeben (OPCW kritisiert den Direktor).

Verwunderlich war bereits bei den Skripals, warum das angeblich so gefahrliche Nervengift, das zum schnellen Tod fuhren soll, diesen nicht herbeigefuhrt hat. Die Skripals gingen, nachdem sie das Haus verlassen hatten, wo sie die mit Nowitschok angeblich bestrichene Turklinke beruhrt haben sollen, erst einmal ein paar Stunden in der Stadt herum, bevor sie auf einer Bank zusammensanken. Yulia and Sergei Skripal, who have been in hiding for a long time, survived the attack, as did a policeman who had come to their aid and was contaminated. Vladimir Uglev, one of the scientists involved in the development, had said at the time that the Skripals had no chance of survival if they came into contact with Novichok, unless medicine had made considerable progress since then.

Uglew rejoiced again now. In his opinion, sarin, soman and Novichok could be excluded, because at a temperature above 20 degrees and high inhalation toxicity, people close to Navalny were also poisoned. This would only be true if Nawalny did not drink the poison or ingest it through his skin, and if he came into contact with it only on the plane, i.E. If it took effect quickly. Life.Ru quotes Alexey Vinnikov, lieutenant colonel of the RChBZ troops (NBC defense) in reserve, who says: "Most nerve agents are characterized by an extremely high rate of penetration into the respiratory tract. This is literally a matter of a few minutes. Not only can a person not get on a plane. The substance begins to act immediately and paralyzes the respiratory tract. Because of what happened, the version with substances from the Novichok group does not stand up to criticism – the victim was conscious for too long."

The clinical diagnosis of the doctors at the hospital in Omsk, as reported by Interfax, should indicate a "Disturbance of carbohydrate metabolism, an associated chronic pancreatitis and an exacerbation of this are based.

Nawalnys Vergiftung ist "sehr exotisch"

Meduza interviewed Marc-Michael Blum, the biochemist who led the team that investigated Salisbury and Amesbury on behalf of the OPCW. He does not believe that the reason why Navalny was detained in Omsk was so that the poison could no longer be detected. Whether the poison was in the tea he took in the airport is not certain, he could have been in contact with it before and collapsed later, as in the case of the Skripals. If he had the poison on his skin, it would have been dangerous for the people around him. It was possible that it was a pesticide, but it had to be used in a coarser quantity, but it also took 10-15 minutes to take effect.

It is quite possible that the substance cannot be identified because the concentration may be very small. If it should be a military nerve poison, one must assume that the attack should be lethal. If it was a pesticide or something else, one could perhaps assume that the attack was meant to be a warning. But Blum also says that there are better poisons that work faster and are harder to detect if you really want to kill a person. Nawalny’s poisoning is "very exotic".

Aming it’s a military nerve agent, I would say it’s definitely an attempt to kill. You can’t fine-tune it. With these kinds of compounds, you basically have a curve where you start seeing effects at a certain dose and then they die at the next dose. With the nerve agents, this window is extremely small. Between the first symptoms and death, the window is very narrow. It’s wider with the pesticides. You’ll see symptoms, but you’ll still need a lot more of the stuff to actually kill you. That’s also true for some other inhibitors. That’s why I say it’s important to see which poison was used.

Marc-Michael Blum

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