Roman Abramovich may have been poisoned with a World War I chemical warfare agent or novichok

The Chelsea owner was reportedly poisoned at recent peace talks while the war between his native Russia and Ukraine raged on – with experts now claiming what warfare agents were likely used

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Roman Abramovich at the Russia-Ukraine peace talks in Istanbul

Roman Abramovich was poisoned with the World War I chemical warfare agent chloropicrin or a low dose of novichok, experts have claimed.

The allegation came from investigative journalist Christo Grozev, who led the research into the shocking incident and assembled specialists to explain what happened. According to the WSJ, Abramovich and other peace negotiators suffered from debilitating symptoms including temporary blindness on a mission to Kyiv in early March to bring about an end to the war.

the Chelsea The owner is said to have required hospital treatment in Istanbul after being flown to Turkey from the talks Ukraine. One theory for the alleged poisoning is that of hard-line proximity Wladimir Putin wanted to disrupt peace movements and prolong the war.

Roman Abramovich at recent peace talks in Turkey


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In a new interview, Grozov spoke in Russian to tell YouTube channel Popular Politics that all experts agreed the most likely cause of her symptoms was chloropicrin, a chemical warfare agent used in World War I and stockpiled in World War II.

“All the experts who communicated with them studied their photos and conducted personal examinations,” he said.

The experts “all said it wasn’t a fluke, it wasn’t food poisoning, it wasn’t an allergy.”

He added: “You suggested this [Сhlorpicrin] and other war agents. They agreed on one of them and disagreed on the others.

“They also all agreed that the only way to prove the agent was to take these people to a lab or send their blood sample to a lab that has the means to detect war agents.”

He was asked, “Which agent did they all agree on?”

Grozev replied: “Chlorpicrin – this is the active ingredient that causes almost all recognized symptoms. The only downside to this hypothesis was that chloropicrin usually emits a fairly strong odor, meaning it’s quite difficult to administer unnoticed.

“But then one of the specialists said that there are developments of this remedy – without smell.

“Other suggestions even included a low novichok dosage, which a really knowledgeable expert could have led to these symptoms.”

Novichok was used in the poisoning of GRU double agent Sergei Skripal at his home in Salisbury, England. His daughter Julia was also poisoned. The attack was carried out by the GRU – the Russian military intelligence service.

Abramovich was advised not to touch or eat anything at future meetings



Novichok was also used to poison Vladimir Putin’s enemy Alexei Navalny in Siberia. He required life-saving medical treatment in Germany before returning to Germany Russia where he was imprisoned.

Grozev said Abramovich and other victims were not able to conduct sufficiently in-depth tests into the cause of the poisoning.

“In the weeks that followed, the symptoms gradually disappeared, and with the group … actually being involved in negotiations and flying from one place to another, it was very difficult to find a day when they could get into a European capital with quality.” lab,” he said.

“Unfortunately, at the time it was possible, the metabolic processes made it impossible to detect the drug. Unfortunately, it will remain a great mystery…

“But it was an absurd time when these people were responsible for finding a peaceful solution to the war. In any other situation they would have flown where they were told to understand what it was, but in this situation they prioritized negotiation over their health.

“Maybe we’ll never learn.”

Grozev lashed out at the US for initially claiming that “environmental” factors led to the poisoning of Abramovich, and also at Ukraine for downplaying the poisoning. He told the YouTube channel: “To answer your question about why people lie [about poisoning] – they lie for many different reasons.

“The Ukrainian authorities can lie because they don’t want this information to be made public, not to speed up the negotiation process. Most likely this is the same reason why the Americans came out with that absurd and honestly insulting statement that it wasn’t poisoning but some environmental factor.

“This is similar to the Kremlin’s statements that Navalny had problems with glucose.”

Grozev – who is linked to British investigative agency Bellingcat and independent Russian media platforms – said he was called around March 3 to investigate the case because he was aware of previous poisonings.

He contacted other experts who wished to remain anonymous for their safety. They had no intention of going public with it, but details of the poisoning were beginning to emerge, he said.

Abramovich is cutting a healthier figure in recent talks


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“We didn’t want to write about it until … someone started leaking it.” He said, “What we know: Three reps had almost identical symptoms — severe pain in their eyes, red patches around the eye, flaky skin.”

A Russian political scientist Konstantin Kalachev made the extraordinary suggestion that the poisoning may have been an attempt by Abramovich to win sympathy in Britain, where his interests were being harmed by sanctions.

“Abramovich is a flexible, sensible and naturally cunning person,” he said. “I even expressed the opinion that he himself staged the recent alleged poisoning in Kyiv.

“It appeared on the front pages of British newspapers, he began to look as if he had suffered from ‘hawks’ in the circle of Vladimir Putin.”

The negotiators, who suffered from medical problems, had reportedly only eaten chocolate and drank water.

“It could be someone [in the Kremlin] who does he think [Abramovich] betrayed them by trying to seek peace,” a source was quoted as saying.

The sanctioned billionaire’s sight is said to have “completely disappeared” and he was treated in hospital after leaving Kyiv for Istanbul. Chloropicrin is used in agriculture as a soil fumigant and is banned for military use.

It can be released into the air by liquid spray or contaminate water or food. It can be absorbed through inhalation, ingestion and through the skin.

The agent is “strongly irritating to the lungs, eyes and skin”.

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