Russia and her poisoners
English author Mick Herron has written an engaging series of espionage novels that are completely satisfying for the man who likes Le Carre and wished there was someone to follow in his footsteps. Not that Smiley ever left any. And like all good spy novelists, Herron has done his homework.
He mentions a few names.
Grigory Mairanovsky for instance, 1899 to 1964. Soviet bio-chemist and poison developer, head of the Bach Institute of Biochemistry, 1928 to 1935. Laboratory No.1, 1938 to 1946.
Mairanovsky initiated the secret poison program conducted by the NKVD as a member of Pavel Sudoplatov’s team.
Lt General Pavel Anatolyvich Sudoplatov, 1907 to 1996, was a member of the intelligence services of the Soviet Union and was involved in the Soviet espionage program which obtained information about the Atomic Bomb from the Manhattan Project.
Atomic Bomb / Manhattan Project / South Australia / Woomera / Adelaide / Somerton Beach.
Unidentified man found dead in 1948, probably killed by an unknown and untraceable poison.