Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has suffered symptoms of chemical poisoning following talks in Ukraine this month. Bellingcat, an investigative website revealed that Abramovich and peace negotiators suffered piercing pain in the eyes. They also revealed that the toxin was not sufficient to cause any life-threatening damage but was intended as a scare. A US official later believed that it was environmental and not poisoning.
“Abramovich, along with another Russian entrepreneur, had taken part in the negotiations alongside Ukraine’s MP Rustem Umerov. The negotiation round on the afternoon of 3 March took place on Ukrainian territory and lasted until about 10 pm,” Bellingcat said in a statement talking about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. “Three members of the negotiating team retreated to an apartment in Kyiv later that night and felt initial symptoms – including eye and skin inflammation and piercing pain in the eyes – later that night. The symptoms did not abate until the morning.”
“The next day the group of negotiators drove from Kyiv to Lviv on the way to Poland and then Istanbul, to continue informal negotiations with the Russian side. A Bellingcat investigator was asked to help provide an examination by chemical weapons specialists,” the statement added. “Based on remote and on-site examinations, the experts concluded that the symptoms are most likely the result of international poisoning with an undefined chemical weapon. An alternative less likely hypothesis was the use of microwave irradiation. The symptoms gradually subsided in the course of the following week.”
“A source close to Mr. Abramovich said it wasn’t clear who had targeted the group but another newspaper which broke this story said that the Ukrainian side suspect the attack was carried out by hardliners in Moscow who they said wanted to sabotage talks to end this war.”