Novichok agent

Series of nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union

Novichok is a series of binary chemical weapons developed by the Soviet Union and Russia between 1971 and 1993. Russian scientists who developed the nerve agents claim they are the deadliest ever made, with some variants possibly five to eight times more potent than VX, and others up to ten times more potent than soman.

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Charlie Rowley, who fell ill after contact with perfume bottle, was given antidote by paramedics in Amesbury
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