Yes. Not only did they identify it as Novichok, they described it as "military grade" - not something that had been put together in a garden shed by an amateur.
Well, that is you continue to argue that after applying deadly poison gas "military grade" in the end no one died, even a Guinea pig or a cat.
Mmm, bloody dangerous gas.
Are you volunteering to test the next batch, personally? I will be kind and write you a fine obituary.
"Military grade" explosives exist, but you can survive a badly arranged blast of C-4, and be killed by a well presented explosion from "civilian grade" gunpowder.
But I expect you already know that, so why pretend to be ignorant? It's deliberate provocation and could easily result in you being mistaken for a troll.
The Skripals survived due to several pieces of luck.
1) A deadly gas is most effective in a "confined space".
This is a confined space;
This is not
a confined space.
(thanks to Wikipedia for both photos)
2) The Skripals were quickly spotted, approached by a British Police Officer, and received prompt medical attention from one of the best medical services on the planet, the NHS..
Even so, their survival was in doubt for some days. So, yes, I am quite prepared to believe the agent used against them was potentially lethal.
I promised myself I'd leave before the party turned ugly. I would quit at 1000 !
Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?
Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.