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The Russian military, performing tasks in the Vasilyevka area of the Zaporozhye region, ended up in a hospital with signs of severe poisoning, the Russian Ministry of Defense reports.
The poisonous substance botulinum toxin of the « B», says the department.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
“In order to establish the causes of poisoning by specialists from the Main Research and Testing Institute of Military Medicine of the Russian Ministry of Defense (St. Petersburg) an additional analysis was carried out, which unequivocally confirmed the presence of an organic poison of artificial origin— botulinum toxin type «B»,— the message says.
The ministry did not name the number of soldiers who were poisoned, nor did they specify what condition they were in.
What is botulinum toxin and where is it found
Botulinum toxin is is a protein poison that affects the nervous system, Valentin Vlasov, head of the Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RBC.
“It is a very strong poison. But due to him, Botox is used. Smooth out wrinkles— this is a small dose of botulinum toxin, & mdash; the chemist explained the action of the toxin, & mdash; when it is pricked, it turns out motionless skin.
Vlasov also mentioned that the bacteria of this toxin can be present in canned food: “When they [jars] swell, this is precisely because the bacteria that produce this poison.”
Botulinum toxin— one of the most powerful poisons of organic origin, it is produced by Clostridium bacteria, which are anaerobic, that is, they live in the absence of oxygen, former member of the UN biological weapons commission, military expert Igor Nikulin told RBC.
“Production of such a poison” the task is difficult to implement even in modern laboratories, therefore it can only be worked out in American military biological laboratories of the third and fourth levels of biosafety, — the expert thinks.
Russia prepares evidence of “chemical terrorism” with the results of all analyzes carried out, which will soon be sent to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) through the Russian Permanent Mission. In addition, an additional investigation of “poisoning with chemical warfare agents” is underway. the head of the interim administration of the Kherson region Vladimir Saldo, the Ministry of Defense said.
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In early August, the head of the Kherson military-civilian administration, Saldo, announced that he had been hospitalized. According to him, after the government meeting, the minister of health approached him and drew attention to his appearance, the minister began to insist on an immediate medical examination. “Of course, I refused, but the minister brought doctors to the office, who, after doing an examination, insisted on immediate hospitalization. After discussing with the chairman of the government, colleagues, I decided to agree with the proposals of the doctors,— Saldo said. The head of the government of the region Sergey Eliseev became acting.
Later, RT, citing a source in the regional administration and the Baza Telegram channel, reported that Balance had been put into a coma and needed to be transported to Moscow. At the same time, a few hours before the appearance of these messages, a post was published on the official’s personal Telegram channel on his behalf, which stated that the deterioration in his health was associated with complications after COVID-19. In a message on behalf of Saldo, it was stated that he was feeling well, and “doctors talk about positive dynamics.”
Deputy head of the VGA Kirill Stremousov then denied reports of Saldo's coma, calling them “part of Ukraine's information war against Russia". He explained the official’s hospitalization “as a result of the most severe overstrain, physical and mental, that the head of the CAA suffered over the past six months.” According to Stremousov, Saldo “sleep several hours a day, worked seven days a week.”
The next day after hospitalization, the head of the VGA was taken from Simferopol to the Moscow Research Institute. N.V. Sklifosovsky.
The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that Ukraine is preparing provocations with the use of poisonous substances. So, at the end of July, the Russian military claimed that employees of the Security Service of Ukraine were going to blow up containers with more than 120 tons of hexane at an oil and fat plant in Slavyansk.
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