Scientists involved in the secret Soviet project to create Novichok nerve agent have apologized to Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, who is recovering from the Berlin poisoning.
Vil Mirzayanov, the chemist who first revealed Novichok’s developments, said in an interview with Russian television station Rain on Saturday night that he wanted to apologize to Navalny because Germany said it found “clear evidence” that he was poisoned to death by Novichok.
Navani He described severe symptoms after falling ill on the plane on August 20, including the inability to speak, and said he was still trying to pour water or use the phone.
Mirzhayanov said: “I deeply apologize to Navani because I participated in this criminal activity and developed the substance that was poisoned by him.”
Germany stated that laboratory tests in three countries have confirmed that he was poisoned by Novichok nerve agent. Western governments have asked Russia to provide an explanation.
While Mirzhayanov apologized, another scientist working on the project denied that Navalny might have been poisoned by Norwichk.
Mirzayanov predicted that Navalny would eventually recover.
Mirzhayanov said: “Navalny will only need patience, but in the end he should stay healthy.” He predicted that rehabilitation will take “almost a year.”
He suggested that Navalny is most likely to take the poison by mouth because he does not appear to contaminate others.
This runs counter to the suggestion of another scientist, Vladimir Uglev, who works at Novichok. Vladimir Uglev told the Proyekt survey site that Navalny’s survival indicated that he had only contact with skin.
Navalny’s assistant collected abandoned items from his hotel room in Tomsk, Siberia, and sent them to the German expert, who found Novichok on the kettle.
State media said that Russian scientist Leonid Rink was involved in the development of Novichok, and he dismissed Mirzayanov’s comments on Sunday.
In an interview with RIA Novosti News Agency, Link said that when Mirzhayanov was working in the same research center, he was an “ordinary” chemist and was not directly involved in Novichok’s creation.
Rink insisted: “He has nothing to do with Novichok’s production.” Mirzayanov was unaware of its “biological effects.”
Link believes that if Novichok is used on Navalny, then the opposition leader will die.
He said: “If it were Norwichke, he would not survive.”