Russia names people behind US-backed Ukrainian bioprojects — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Moscow says individuals conducted research focused on testing and developing deadly new weapons

Russian troops have obtained more than 20,000 documents relating to US biological research programs in Ukraine since Moscow’s military operation began, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The most recent discovery has shed light on a number of key players in these projects who had previously “remained in the shadows” according to the Commander of the Russian Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Forces, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov.

The department previously released the names of people linked to the biolabs, which included US Democratic Party officials, Department of Defense officials and Pentagon contractors.

The new list includes people such as Karen Saylors, executive director of Labyrinth Global Health, who reportedly worked in Ukraine as a senior consultant for a project that studied the spread of African swine fever.

Also on the list is Colin Johnson, a researcher at the University of Tennessee and director of the Institute for Host-Pathogen Systems, who reportedly studied Crimean-Congo fever and hantaviruses in Ukraine and was responsible for collecting biological samples from the Ukrainian military personnel. .

The department provided the names of six other people who were also believed to have been involved in US bioresearch in Ukraine. Kirillov noted that all evidence regarding these people will be handed over to the Russian Investigative Committee, which will decide on appropriate measures for the alleged perpetrators.

In his statement, Kirillov noted that Russia’s decisive actions in Ukraine have already effectively halted Washington’s biological weapons research projects in the country. However, he warned that the United States was actively working to transfer unfinished research to countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Last month, Russia submitted data on US-backed illegal labs in Ukraine to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons conference. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, this data included documentary evidence that work with components of biological weapons and studies on particularly dangerous pathogens were carried out in Ukraine with the financial, scientific, technical and personnel support of the states. -United. Washington dismissed Moscow’s accusations, calling them disinformation.

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