Nerve agent was used in 1995 murder, claims former Soviet scientist

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Vladimir Uglev, developer of Soviet-era chemical weapons, contradicts Russian denials at existence of novichok nerve agents

A developer of Soviet-era nerve agents related to the one used against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has told the Guardian that a similar poison was used in the murder of a Russian businessman in the 1990s.

The remarks by Vladimir Uglev, a Soviet chemical weapons scientist, contradict official Russian denials that the country had any chemical weapons programme tied to the name novichok, with the formal codename foliant.

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Judge grants search warrant for Cambridge Analytica’s offices

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Investigators seek access to records and data held by the London-based company amid claims it may have been illegally acquired

A judge has issued a warrant for the offices of Cambridge Analytica to be searched.

The information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, wants access to records and data in the hands of the London-based company amid claims that Facebook data may have been illegally acquired and used for political campaigns. Cambridge Analytica and Facebook both deny any wrongdoing.

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