New Info on US Bioweapons Lab in Georgia Raises Russian Concerns

Dozens of Georgians likely killed by US toxin or bioweapon disguised as drug research – Russian MoD

A US-funded biomedical laboratory in Georgia may have conducted bioweapons research under the guise of a drug test, which claimed the lives of at least 73 subjects, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The question of what really might have taken place at the secretive US-sponsored research facility hosted by Russia’s southern neighbor was raised by the Russian military on Thursday after they studied files published online by a former Georgian minister.

The documents record the deaths of 73 people over a short period of time, indicating a test of “a highly toxic chemical or biological agents with high lethality rate,” said Igor Kirillov, commander of the Russian military branch responsible for defending troops from radiological, chemical and biological weapons.

Kirillov apparently doubted that the tests, carried out by the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research near the Georgian capital Tbilisi, involved clinical trials of a drug called Sovaldi, which is meant for the treatment of Hepatitis C. The producer of the drug is Gilead Sciences, a California-based biomedical firm that recruited former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a board member in 1988, in between his two tenures as head of the Pentagon.

“The documents showed many lethal outcomes among the patients. Despite the deaths of 24 people in December 2015 alone, the clinical trials were continued in violation of international standards and the wishes of the patients,” Kirillov claimed. “This led to the deaths of 49 more people.”

The large number of deaths stands in stark contrast to the actual documented use of Sovaldi in Russia, where no deaths have been linked to the drug, the Russian official stressed. Kirillov added that the US has a long record of unethical testing on human subjects in foreign countries.

Russia will take “diplomatic and military action” in response to a perceived threat from US labs, said Vladimir Shamanov, head of Russian parliament’s Defense Committee. He was commenting on accusations by the Defense Ministry. “We cannot simply turn a blind eye to things happening near our southern borders that directly affect our safety,” he told TASS news agency.

Responding to the allegations, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told RIA Novosti that the US did not conduct bioweapons research in Georgia and called the Russian ministry’s statements part of “a Russian disinformation campaign directed against the West.”

The documents relating to the secret lab were published last month by former Georgian minister for state security Igor Giorgadze, who says he obtained 100,000 pages of data pointing to questionable US practices.

Russia wants answers from US, Georgia on bioweapons at Lugar Center

MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry expects answers from the United States and Georgia why munitions for chemical and biological weapons are stored at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center, Chief of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops Major General Igor Kirillov said.

According to Kirillov, ministry’s experts have studied materials published by former Georgian State Security Minister Igor Giorgadze on US activities at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center, located in the Georgian settlement of Alekseyevka. He said that a number of patents listed various types of munitions intended for delivering chemical and biological agents.

“It raises a question – ‘Why such documents are stored at the Lugar Public Health Research Center?’ We expect a clear-cut answer to this question from the Georgian and American sides,” Kirillov said.

The general said that the description of munitions included such characteristics as “… the low destruction cost and the absence of the need to contact with enemy manpower.” According to him, “this corresponds to the concept of ‘non-contact warfare,’ the United States is implementing.”

These patents indicate a possibility to stuff capsules with poisonous, radioactive, narcotic substances as well as with infectious disease pathogens.

“These munitions are not related to the list of conventional armaments and humane tools of warfare, while the publication of this information contradicts international accords on the prohibition of biological weapons,” Kirillov added.

The United States is very likely to have tested a toxic drug or a highly lethal biological agent at the Lugar Center in Georgia under the guise of medical research, he added. Russian military specialists in the sphere of radiological, chemical and biological protection analyzed the materials published by former Georgian State Security Minister Igor Giorgadze on US activity at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center located in the township of Alekseyevka near the capital of Tbilisi, Kirillov said.

The Russian general highlighted the deaths of patients at the Lugar Center when medicine under the Sovaldi brand in the documents had been tested.

Kirillov noted that the US-based Gilead Sciences, in which former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is a key shareholder, manufactured the drug.

“In fact, the simultaneous death of a large number of volunteers is reason to believe that a highly toxic chemical drug or a highly lethal biological agent was assessed under the guise of medical treatment at the Lugar Center,” the general said.

Despite the deaths of 24 patients in December 2015 alone when the Sovaldi drug was tested, “this clinical research was continued in violation of international standards and contrary to the patients’ wishes,” which “led to the death of 49 more people.”

“Even during widespread epidemics at in-patient infection clinics, such a large number of lethal cases has never been recorded,” the general said.

The above-mentioned Sovaldi medicine is listed in the Registration of Pharmaceuticals of the Russian Federation and “not a single lethal case was recorded during its clinical testing,” Kirillov said.

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