Little was known of the Novichok family of toxins until 2018, when they were used in the English city of Salisbury in the attempt to kill a Russian ex-spy. File photo: AFPLittle was known of the Novichok family of toxins until 2018, when they were used in the English city of Salisbury in the attempt to kill a Russian ex-spy. File photo: AFP
Little was known of the Novichok family of toxins until 2018, when they were used in the English city of Salisbury in the attempt to kill a Russian ex-spy. File photo: AFP

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The dark history of Novichok, deadly Soviet-designed poison

  • The Novichok family of toxins was developed by the Soviet government towards the end of the Cold War
  • They affect the central nervous system and can lead to breathing difficulties, paralysis and death

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Little was known of the Novichok family of toxins until 2018, when they were used in the English city of Salisbury in the attempt to kill a Russian ex-spy. File photo: AFPLittle was known of the Novichok family of toxins until 2018, when they were used in the English city of Salisbury in the attempt to kill a Russian ex-spy. File photo: AFP
Little was known of the Novichok family of toxins until 2018, when they were used in the English city of Salisbury in the attempt to kill a Russian ex-spy. File photo: AFP
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