Bellingcat demonstrates existence of chemical weapons program in Russia

In 2010, Dimitry Medvedev, then president of the Russian Federation, announced the dismantling of all their chemical and bacteriological weapons production infrastructure, in accordance with the commitments of the 1997 convention. Destruction of stockpiles of chemical weapons, when to them, was to take place in 2012, then in 2015, to ultimately have been postponed to 2020. But these official announcements could well have been only window dressing, and Moscow could well and truly still hold a chemical weapons program, weapons that would have been used in the attacks of several dissidents or political opponents, including that of Alexander Navalny, in a saga that hit the headlines 3 months ago.

In any case, this is what emerges froman in-depth investigation carried out by the Bellingcat collective, to whom we owe in particular the identification of the Russian involvement in the destruction of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2015. In an investigation of exemplary rigor, and based on a methodology presented in a related article , Bellingcat shows that Alexandre Navalny was indeed the victim of poisoning with a chemical substance belonging to the Novichok group, resulting from an operation carried out by the Russian intelligence services, the FSB and CRANE.

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Russian political opponent Alexander Navalny during his transfer to Charité hospital in Berlin. Several European laboratories will confirm the presence of Novichok in his body.

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