I gave an interview to the German magazine DER SPIEGEL on the Navalny case. Asking “Waren Sie wirklich so dumm” (“Were they really so stupid”) relates to the question if Russia wants to be associated with an assassination attempt using a potential organophosphorus agent again. While this is an import question the article (given to their science section) focuses on how a cholinesterase inhibitor (as generically identified by the Berlin university hospital Charité) can be identified by name and structure.
One of the core problems: The concentrations of relevant analyze chemical in biomedical samples is so low that you have to conduct so called targeted analysis – you have to search for specific compounds. A wide screening (let’s just look for everything) is not possible.
Nevertheless, I remain confident that the compound that is responsible for Mr Navalny’s current condition will be identified shortly.
….and I am actually quite proud of the fact that the interview for some time was second most read article on the SPIEGEL website.