With four people in Britain being hit by contact with a nerve agent within the past couple of months it may be time for Britain to appoint an independent investigator as an internal affairs agent to determine if British espionage persons are conducting news manipulation activity intended to manipulate public political opinion and cause fear and trembling, angst and hatred of Russians.
If the public has learned anything from the Mueller investigation of Russian interests in U.S. politics- and no one should know about that since it is often as Al Gore said, ‘like making sausage and you don’t want to know what goes in it’., it’s the value of finding collateral targets in addition to the ostensible primary target. A solid British hunt for dirt in the British intelligence and political community might turn up some bad apples and financial perfidy or hidden collusion with foreign governments where its least expected.
Novichok is a rather strange choice of a nerve agent to use since Russia invented it. Britain invented the nerve agent VX so it would have been a logical choice for Russian spook-assassins to use VX in order to throw off suspicion, unless they wanted to be suspects.
Novichok (it means newbie in Russian) was first produced about a half century ago so it is likely in the inventory or can be cooked up by chemical cognoscenti of Britain or any advanced government (even if they are ecospherically retarded in economic policy).
Iran made five versions of Novichok in 2016 and added the spectral analysis to an international database. Reportedly the Czech Republic made some Novichok agent A-230 to learn about it, in 2017. Because it can be made into a fine powder and distribute in numerous ways it is an unfortunate addition to the thanatological arts.
It is also possible that Novichok in solid form was stolen or sold to third parties after the fall of the Soviet Union when internal security was very low and border security lax. Malefactors of unknown purpose could release small amount of the readily smuggled lethal weapons any time or place, over any border.
quote from the wikipedia page cited above… “Since its independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has been working with the government of the United States to dismantle and decontaminate the sites where the Novichok agents and other chemical weapons were tested and developed. Between 1999 and 2002 the United States Department of Defense dismantled the major research and testing site for Novichok at the Chemical Research Institute in Nukus, under a $6 million Cooperative Threat Reduction programme.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a British chemical weapons expert and former commanding officer of the UK’s Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear Regiment and its NATO equivalent, “dismissed” suggestions that Novichok agents could be found in other places in the former Soviet Union such as Uzbekistan and has asserted that Novichok agents were produced only at Shikhany in Saratov Oblast, Russia. Mirzayanov also says that it was at Shikhany, in 1973, that scientist Pyotr Petrovich Kirpichev first produced Novichok agents; Vladimir Uglev joined him on the project in 1975. According to Mirzayanov, while production took place in Shikhany, the weapon was tested at Nukus between 1986 and 1989.
Following the poisoning of the Skripals, former head of the GosNIIOKhT security department Nikolay Volodin confirmed in an interview to Novaya Gazeta that there have been tests at Nukus, and said that dogs were used.
In May 2018, the Irish Independent reported that “Germany‘s foreign intelligence service secured a sample of the Soviet-developed nerve agent Novichok in the 1990s and passed on its knowledge to partners including Britain and the US, according to German media reports.” The sample was analysed in Sweden. Small amounts of the Novichok nerve agent were subsequently produced in some NATO countries for test purposes.
Description of Novichok agents
Mirzayanov provided the first description of these agents. Dispersed in an ultra-fine powder instead of a gas or a vapour, they have unique qualities. A binary agent was then created that would mimic the same properties but would either be manufactured using materials which are not controlled substances under the CWC, or be undetectable by treaty regime inspections. The most potent compounds from this family, Novichok-5 and Novichok-7, are supposedly around five to eight times more potent than VX. The “Novichok” designation refers to the binary form of the agent, with the final compound being referred to by its code number (e.g. A-232). The first Novichok series compound was in fact the binary form of a known V-series nerve agent, VR, while the later Novichok agents are the binary forms of compounds such as A-232 and A-234.“