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SO DAMP LUCKY Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were saved by bungling hitman — and rain which washed Novichok gel off door knob

Sunday - 15/04/2018 10:30
A former Moscow scientist, who helped develop Novichok, said the nerve agent is less effective in damp air
EAST2WEST NEWS 2 / The lives of Sergei and Yulia Skirpal were saved due to wet weather conditions in Salisbury
EAST2WEST NEWS 2 / The lives of Sergei and Yulia Skirpal were saved due to wet weather conditions in Salisbury

THE lives of poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were saved by a bungling hitman and British rain.

The assassin who smeared the Novichok gel nerve agent on Skripal’s door knob failed to understand it needed dry conditions to be fully potent.

And the damp air in Salisbury in March caused its potency to degrade so Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, were not exposed to its full deadly effect, said ex-Moscow scientist Vil Mirzayanov.

Mirzayanov, who helped develop Novichok, said: “The substance was used when it was quite foggy — water droplets were in the air. It can be used only in dry air.

“In such weather conditions this substance could be used only by an idiot who knows nothing about the chemical characteristics of Novichok.

“If you drop it into water in some hours no trace will be left. It dissolves in water.”

 Fire officers in hazard suits placed a tent over the grave of poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skirpal's son
SIMON JONES - THE SUN
Fire officers in hazard suits placed a tent over the grave of poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skirpal's son
 


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