Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Bellingcat demonstrates the existence of a 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 infrastructures, in accordance with the commitments of the 1997 convention. The destruction of chemical weapons stocks , when them, was to take place in 2012, then in 2015, but was ultimately postponed to 2020. But these official announcements could well have been nothing more than window dressing, and Moscow could indeed still have a program of chemical weapons, weapons which would have been used in the attacks of several dissidents or political opponents, including that of Alexander Navalny, in a saga which hit the headlines 3 months ago.

This is in any case what emerges from an in-depth investigation carried out by the Bellingcat collective , to which we owe in particular the identification of 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 an accompanying 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 Russian intelligence services, the FSB and the GRU .

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

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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