- As I mentioned on your program, Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik
was responsible for viability of plague as aerosolized bioweapon. He came
up with polymer coating. He also worked on binary weapons, such as substance
A232 and substance 233 Novichok.
- Scientists, drop like flies, has to make you wonder.
All in the past month, by the way
- On November 23, 2001, the New York Times reported the
death, two days earlier, of Vladimir Pasechnik, former director of the
Institute of Ultra Pure Biochemical Preparations, a component of the Soviet
biowarfare establishment, Biopreparat. Pasechnik had defected to Britain
in 1989. In England Pasechnik was employed by Porton Down until he joined
in the creation of a private company several years ago. With the exception
of the Times obituary Pasechnik's death went unreported for almost a week.
Interestingly, the Times was apparently informed of Pasechnik's death by
the U.K. Ministry of Defense representative on the team which had debriefed
Pasechnik after his defection.
- In Russia the National News Service commented: "The
chief developer (while in Soviet Union) of the military grade plague as
well as several successful types of binary weapons died, according to the
New York Times obituary, from the stroke, although the fact that the newspaper
quotes a former member of British intelligence rather than the doctor,
makes people to believe in the other versions of death of the person who
knew too much." While the 'other versions' of Pasechnik's death and
the substance of those matters of which he "knew too much" are
not revealed, the coincidence of Pasechnik's death and the recent rash
of anthrax-related illnesses and deaths is certainly interesting.