Novichok, the Russian Nerve Agent Spooking Britain

Novichok, the military-grade nerve agent developed by the former Soviet Union, is again at the center of a poisoning that’s grown into a diplomatic row. Germany said tests showed “unequivocally” that Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, hospitalized in Berlin, was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent, dramatically escalating tensions with the Kremlin. In 2018, at least six people were sickened, one fatally, after coming into contact with the toxic chemical in Salisbury, England, with the appa