Became aware of the existence of a “Newbie” of the German secret service

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The Federal intelligence service (BND), Germany in 1990-ies received a sample of the toxic substance “Beginner”, which, presumably, was used in the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury. To such conclusion the German journalists after a joint investigation by the two Newspapers Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung and television stations NDR and WDR.

According to their data, German intelligence agencies have appealed to the Russian scientist-chemist, who for some time was their informant, asking to talk about the latest Russian chemical weapons. Instead, the man and his family promised to move to the West. The scientist agreed, promising even to take a sample of the substance.

After the sample “Beginner” came to Germany, it was transferred to the study of one of the chemical laboratories in Sweden. This happened with the consent of the office of Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the Ministry of defense of Germany. Subsequently, the chemists gave him the formula.

Journalists have been unable to find out what happened with a sample “Beginner”. We only know that directed by nick BND has shared the breakdown with its allies, including American and British intelligence.

This substance became widely known after the assassination of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British Salisbury in March of this year. According to London, was poisoned with nerve substance of the Novice class, developed in the Soviet Union for military purposes. Moscow denies the accusations, citing the report of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, which indicates that the origin of the chemical could not be established.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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