Kremlin crossed the line.
An opposition politician in Russia, Alexei Navalny will be the straw that breaks the Kremlin’s back.
A Canada-based global women’s rights group says it is outraged at the conduct of patriarchal governments using mass destruction weapons to murder their opponents.
Katie Alsop of The RINJ Foundation slams North Korea and Russia in particular of using powerful nerve agents to destroy opposition and critics.
“We are joining our sister Angela Merkel, in condemning the attempted murder of Alexi Navalny, a very credible political opponent to Vladimir Putin,” said Alsop in a statement.
“The United States President Donald Trump must also condemn the chemical weapon attack and sanction the rogue state of Russia immediately,” said the leader of a multi-million member human rights alliance. She added that her group supports the statements of NATO and other countries condemning the attack.
“This is the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” she added. “The attack on Alexei Navalny confirms at least four others, in our minds.”
According to a release by the German government, officials have confirmed unequivocally the Novichok poisoning of the opposition leader in Moscow who has been in a coma since his poisoning and is now in care within a German hospital.
The apparent poisoning of Alexei Navalny as “an attempted murder with nerve agent” after a toxicology test in Germany showed that the Russian opposition leader had been targeted with Novichok. Merkel said the case raises “very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer and must answer.”
Previously, a government spokesman said that the test showed conclusive evidence that the Russian opposition leader had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. The test was conducted in a special German military lab, according to the government spokesman Steffen Seibert. Berlin will now confer with its EU and NATO partners to discuss an appropriate reaction to the incident, as well as notifying the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as to the findings.
It has been alleged that Kim Jong-un ordered the death of his half brother using a VX agent on 13 February 2017. Police and the Kuala Lumpur courts have confirmed Mr. Kim Jong-name was attacked with a VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia. He was the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and although showed no interest in ascending to the Supreme Leadership of the DPRK, his half brother took him out.
Bystanders Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess
Far more powerful than the extremely lethal VX agent is Novichok. It is a fourth generation chemical weapon (CW) group of mass destruction binary agents developed over a decade in the S0viet Union under a secret project named “foliant”.
On 30 June 2018, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were found unconscious at a house in Amesbury, Wiltshire in Great Britain. That’s less than 20 kilometers from the site in Salisbury where on 4 March 2018, police say former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter had been attacked with Novichok, the exclusively Soviet Union-developed binary chemical weapon now in Russian hands.
The world eventually learned Rowley observed what appeared to him to be a perfume bottle in a trash container at a park the couple were walking through in Salisbury. He passed the bottle to Sturgess. She sprayed it on her wrist. The two were poisoned with the Novichok.
The Sergei and Yulia Skripal attack
Sergei Skripal was once an officer for Russia’s GRU military intelligence institution and later worked as a double agent for the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service from 1995 until his capture in Moscow in December 2004.
Mr. Skripal served some of his ten years in prison and later in some form of exchange deal settled in Britain during 2010.
Investigators have tracked a Major Gen Sergeyev who had arrived at London’s Heathrow airport on Friday 2 March 2018, and left on the afternoon of Sunday 4 March, after Novichok nerve agent was placed on the Skripals’ front door handle in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Apparently the attacker had used a perfume bottle to combine the binary elements and on 4 March tossed the bottle into a trash bin on his way out of the area.
Much has been written and published about the case and hard evidence has been revealed. There are also reports of evidence with even greater credibility from signals intelligence gatherers plus imagery of the facts. These are seldom made public because to do so reveals the level of spying done within NATO countries.