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Why use a Novichok?

Tom Stevenson, 6 May 2021

Toxic: A History of Nerve Agents from Nazi Germany to Putin’s Russia 
by Dan Kaszeta.
Hurst, 408 pp., £25, July 2020, 978 1 78738 306 7
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... killing of Aleksei Navalny in Tomsk last August is just the latest in a long line of poisonings. Dan Kaszeta’s book is a history of nerve agents and their uses, including technical descriptions of what they are and how they work. Old-fashioned poisons like hydrogen cyanide are blood agents, inhibiting the transmission of oxygen to the body’s cells ...

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