The mystery adds to the mystery in the case of the Salisbury poisoning. Russian scientist Vladimir Uglyov was hit by a car while crossing the street near his home and is now hospitalized. It could be a trivial incident, but Uglyov's position inevitably raises suspicions. The scientist has revealed to have been one of the developers of the "Novichok", the nerve agent class used according to Great Britain to poison the former double-agent Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. A low blow for Moscow, which denies any involvement in the Salisbury crime and claims that the story was set up by the London government to discredit the Kremlin internationally.
Uglyov, 71, told the online newspaper The Bell that he was hit by a car as he crossed the street near his home, in Anapa, on the Black Sea. When he noticed that the car would not slow down, the scientist he started running to reach the sidewalk, but he didn't make it, and to avoid ending up under the wheels he jumped and ended up with his head against the windshield of the car. Uglyov suffered injuries to his head, his right leg and his right arm, but his condition still appears "satisfactory". At the wheel of the car that hit him there seems to have been a local 70-year-old who did not run away but actually offered money as compensation to the scientist, who for his part excludes that it was a premeditated action.
It is thought that Novichok was secretly built in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. And Uglyov claims to have worked on the development of toxic substances in Shikhany's state laboratory, near Saratov. "The goal - he says - was to produce a substance much more powerful than the nerve agent VX, ten times more powerful".
Just a week ago, in an interview with the BBC, the scientist said he was certain that the toxin that poisoned the Skripals is one of those created by him and his Soviet colleagues, identified in Russia as A-234. "I can tell from the reading of mass spectrometry, the presence of fluoride, the molecular mass and the spectrum data that have been sent to me recently," said Uglyov. But if the toxin was so lethal how is it possible that Sergey and Yulia Skripal were saved by the doctors? According to the elderly scientist, it is because it was "a small dose, near the threshold level". The Kremlin believes that the Salisbury crime is a British or American provocation and that the US and other countries have such deadly substances. According to Uglyov, it is indeed impossible to prove Moscow's guilt, "unless the container from which the poison was administered is found." However - the scientist always points out - "the logic of events suggests that it was Russia" that committed the crime. Russian leaders - he explains - "were so quick to say" It wasn't us ", like when a thief steals something from the market and is the first to shout" A thief! "».
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