Russian scientists at the Chemical Research Institute in Nukus, Uzbekistan, killed and tortured thousands of dogs testing the effects of the nerve agent Novichok used to attack a former Russian spy and his daughter last week in the United Kingdom.
According to AbcNews, scientists would make the dogs wear gas masks and walk on treadmills during the experiments until they died. The dogs were administered Novichok, which was allegedly used on Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33 who had been in Salisbury. A United States expert reported seeing the dogs on the 25 treadmills and kept in small cages until it was their time to be the test subjects. Thousands died from exposure to the agent.
Vil Mirzayanov, 83, a Russian scientist who co-developed the toxin, said he had no doubt President Vladimir Putin was responsible, given Russia maintained tight control and security over Novichok. Mirzayanov contends the agent is too complicated to have been developed by any other country. New information has come out that Yulia had been in a relationship with a man working directly with Vladimir Putin. Intelligence agencies may be theorizing that the toxin was saturated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or in a gift that was opened by Skripal in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
“The Kremlin all the time, like all criminals, denying — it doesn’t mean anything,” Dr Mirzayanov said in an interview in his home in Princeton, New Jersey, where he has been living in exile for decades.
“Novichok attacks the nervous system, making it impossible for victims to breathe, and causing unimaginable pain,” stated Dr Mirzayanov, who said he watched countless lab animals, including mice, rats and dogs, subjected to the poison.
“It’s torture,” he said. “It’s absolutely incurable.”
Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are expected to arrive in the United Kingdom this week to test samples of the nerve gas. Russia has adamantly denied the allegations and blames the United Kingdom for deliberately trying to interfere in Russia’s reelection campaign for Putin. Moscow has not explained how one of their nerve agents ended up in the U.K. The United States, France and Germany all support the United Kingdom.
(Photos screenshots via the Sun)
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