Revealed: The Moscow weapons lab that made the deadly Novichok nerve agent

Fifteen minutes walk from the Aviamotornaya metro station in South East Moscow, a hulking 12-storey concrete block stands across the street from a power station.

There is little to distinguish the State Scientific Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, known under its Russian acronym GOSNIIOKhT, from dozens of other looming industrial enterprises in the Russian capital.

But this is Russia’s premier chemical weapons lab, once at the forefront of the Soviet Union’s Cold War weapons programme and now believed to be the source of the Novichok nerve agent used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal four months ago and now a couple in Amesbury.

Today, GOSNIIOKhT belongs to Russia’s…

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