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    5th Sep, 2020
  • The first chemical weapon developed during the Cold War.
  • It was given the code name ‘Novichok’ meaning ‘newcomer’ in Russian.
  • Novichok interferes with the functions of neurotransmitters, leading to paralysis.
  • It can also turn fatal when paralysis extends to the cardiac and respiratory muscles.
  • The German government said that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent– Novichok.

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