The shocking news came from the Russian conglomerate who is also the owner of English Premier League club Chelsea, Roman Abramovich. It is suspected that Abramovich was poisoned for trying to reconcile Russia with Ukraine.
As is known, Russia has made military innovations to Ukraine since the end of last February. It’s been a month and the war hasn’t ended yet. Hundreds of lives were lost.
Abramovich is known to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Abramovich did not approve of war. He tried to reconcile the two countries.
In order to reconcile the two sides, Abramovich became a Russia-Ukraine peace negotiator. Unfortunately Abramovich’s noble move was not accepted by all parties.
The Mirror reports the Chelsea owner was poisoned during a Russian-Ukrainian peace negotiator in Kiev. The pro-Putin hardliners blamed for the poisoning of Abramovich.
The pro-Putin group does not want the war to end. Apart from Putin, two negotiators from Ukraine were also poisoned. This case reportedly occurred in early March, but was only revealed at the end of the month.
Abramovich’s condition wasn’t too bad. He is being treated in Turkey. The 55-year-old man reportedly experienced continuous peeling of his skin and reddened eyes.
Russia’s war with Ukraine has cost Abramovich heavy. The British government imposed sanctions on Abramovich to pressure Putin. Because Abramovich is known to be close to Putin.
The British government’s sanction is in the form of freezing Abramovich’s assets in Queen Elizabeth’s country. Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea. The sales process is currently ongoing.
Roman Abramovich Suspected Nervous Agent Poisoning, Recognize These Chemicals Affecting the Nervous System
The Bellingcat investigative outlet, Tuesday (29/3/2022), reported that the owner of the Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, and two Ukrainian-Russian peace negotiators were suspected of suffering from symptoms of nerve agent poisoning.
All three delegates experienced inflamed skin, irritated eyes, and severe pain behind the eyes. The symptoms lasted overnight, reports the BBC.
In fact, during the meeting none of them ate anything other than chocolate and water.
Chemical weapons specialists believe that the incident was caused by the intentional use of chemicals.
Getting to know nerve agents
According to the New York Department of Health website, nerve agents are chemicals that affect the nervous system. The health effects are similar to those produced by some pesticides.
The main neuroprotective agents consist of the chemicals sarin (GB), soman (GD), tabun (GA) and VX. This substance has been produced for use in chemical warfare.
Some of the properties of nerve agents include:
Nerve agents are liquids at room temperature, while VX is more oily than the others.
Nerve agents are miscible with water and most other solvents.
Sarin evaporates almost as fast as water, but other nerve substances evaporate more slowly. VX evaporates the slowest, like motor oil.
Nerve vapor is heavier than air, so it tends to stay close to the ground, floor, or low-lying areas.
Nerve agents are odorless or have only a slight odor.
Nerve agents do not occur naturally, so a person can be exposed in the event of a terrorist attack or accidental release from a military storage facility.
Symptoms of poisoning can come on quickly. In severe cases, nerve agents can cause chest tightness, shortness of breath, vomiting, and massive incontinence.
Getting to Know the Origins of Nerve Agents
Researchers first discovered the nerve agent, or nerve gas, by accident in the 1930s when they were trying to make a cheaper and better insecticide alternative to nicotine.
German researchers created two organic compounds containing phosphorus that are considered highly effective at killing insect pests, reports Scientific American.
But they found that even in minuscule amounts, the substance can cause painful symptoms in exposed humans.
The two substances, known as Tabun (GA) and Sarin, are too toxic to be used as commercial insecticides in agriculture.
The research was handed over to the Nazi Wehrmacht armed forces. Then, they evaluated it as a weapon and started building factories to produce it.
Pesticide research continues. The VX molecule, which was first made in the laboratory of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), England in 1952, also proved too toxic for use in agriculture.
The studies were passed on by the UK Porton Down Chemical Weapons Research Center and later on to the US government, when the UK no longer used chemical weapons.
This molecule has a more pronounced crushing power. On March 13, 1968, this substance escaped an army chemical weapons testing site and killed more than 3,000 sheep grazing 27 away in the Skull Valley area of Utah.
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