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Novichok is a 'dangerous and sophisticated' Soviet-era nerve agent — here's how it works and why it's so lethal

Business Insider Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Novichok is a 'dangerous and sophisticated' Soviet-era nerve agent — here's how it works and why it's so lethal· *Chemical weapons called nerve agents were likely used in the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia.*
· *UK authorities identified the nerve agent as a Novichok, a class of chemicals that means "newcomer" in Russian.*
· *Novichok nerve agents were developed by the Soviet Union and...
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News video: Nerve agent creator &amp; Soviet weapons whistleblower warns Novichok kills

▶ Nerve agent creator &amp; Soviet weapons whistleblower warns Novichok kills 01:03

The Novichok nerve agent has everyone worried, but just how dangerous is it? One of its developers is Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov, now living in Princeton, and he warns it is appalling. "It is the same as nerve gas but ten times, at least ten times more powerful. There's no cure. It's very nasty...

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