The alleged head of the FSB officers accompanying Navalny turned out to be a chemical weapons specialist

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Stanislav Makshakov specializes in the same group of substances that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with

The alleged head of a group of FSB officers accompanying opposition politician Alexei Navalny turned out to be a military medic specializing in chemical warfare agents. Writes about this edition “Meduza”, which studied his biography.The alleged head of the FSB officers accompanying Navalny turned out to be a chemical weapons specialist Colonel Stanislav Makshakov’s specialization is close to poisons, one of which could have been an attempt on a politician.

The head of a group of FSB officers suspected of involvement in the assassination attempt on Navalny is called Makshakov by the authors of a joint investigation by Bellingcat, The Insider and CNN, with the participation of Der Spiegel. The group accompanying Navalny called him on the phone during the days of the assassination attempt, and he himself was in contact with two FSB generals.

Makshakov is a chemist who worked at the 33rd Central Research and Testing Institute of the Russian Ministry of Defense in Shikhany in the Saratov Region, next to the Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, where the Novichok chemical warfare agent was first synthesized, with which , presumably, they tried to poison Navalny.

As Meduza found out, Makshakov specialized in the effects of organophosphorus toxic substances on animals and humans. He is a candidate of medical sciences, judging by the publications in the journal “Modern Medicine”, he investigated the features of the effect of cholinesterase inhibitors on the nervous system of humans and mammals. It is to these types of toxic substances that Novichok belongs.

According to Meduza’s source who worked in structures related to chemical weapons, Makshakov is now deputy head for science at the Institute of Criminalistics at the FSB Center for Special Technology. It was under the cover of this organization that the intelligence officers who accompanied Navalny worked, the authors of the joint investigation into the attempt on him are sure. The authorities deny both the attempt to poison the politician and their involvement in it.

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