When Soviet scientists developed a new nerve agent in the 1970s they called it Novichok, or 'newcomer.' The poison disrupts the lines of communication between nerves and muscles, and a tiny dose can lead to a painful death. Novichok became infamous in 2018 when Britain accused Russian agents of using it to poison a former Russian intelligence operative in Salisbury, UK. Now, Novichok is back in the news, as the German government confirmed that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, was poisoned with Novichok.
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