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In Germany, searches were conducted at Riol Chemie, which is suspected of supplying components for Novichok. in Russia. The company is suspected of illegal supply of components that can be used in the creation of chemical and biological weapons. According to OCCRP, over the past 3.5 years, Riol Chemie has supplied substances to the Russian Federation more than 30 times without having a permit. The buyer turned out to be Himmed, which sells reagents, laboratory equipment, and solvents from radiation safety products. According to investigators, six years ago a Russian company became a contractor for the FSB Criminalistics Institute. Employees are associated with the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Dmitry Bykov and politician Vladimir Kara-Murza. The firm says it works with civilian labs.
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