New novichok poisoning is a reminder of Russia’s disregard for human life


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The Henry Jackson Society today responded to the poisoning of two individuals in Wiltshire by exposure to the nerve agent novichok.

Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess remain in a critical condition after being exposed to the substance on Saturday.

Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, said:

“If, as authorities seem to currently believe, the novichok was ‘left behind’ after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March, then there are two immediate implications.

“First, questions will be asked about the effectiveness of the so-called ‘clean up’ that has been taking place in Salisbury and elsewhere in Wiltshire over the past four months. Second, where and how these two individuals came into contact with the novichok will provide important operational information for the Skripal investigation.

“This incident is a reminder of the Kremlin’s blatant disregard for human life.”


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