Yes agree and im trying to test this claim from article as suspect its not correct and cannot find even a paraphrase or link to Mirzayanov and the claim only counter claim that its tricky agent to make from others .
However, Mirzayanov originally claimed that the Novichok agents were easy to synthesize:-
Not just anyone can create Novichok
The raw materials needed to make a nerve agent are cheap and relatively accessible.
But transforming them into a deadly weapon requires specialised expertise and the kind of safety precautions normally only found in government laboratories (though nations other than Russia would also be capable of creating them).
"With these kinds of substances, they are just so dangerous that no fly-by-night terrorist group is going to cook this up," Professor Sella said.
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