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“Putin could not forgive him”: what does the British press write about the poisoning of the spy defector Sergei Skripal

On March 5, the police of the British city of Salisbury reported a poisoned man who was found on a bench in one of the local parks. Later, the media found out that the victim of poisoning is the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who is in hospital in critical condition.

According to the local newspaper Sailsbury Journal, referring to sources in the police, the poison could be a fentanyl drug, 50-100 times the strength of heroin. The edition of International Business Times reminded that several granules of fentanyl, literally containing elephant sleeping pills, can kill even the “experienced consumer of opiates.”

After the appearance of information about the drug, the British edition of The Guardian remembered the quote of Vladimir Putin, which he said in 2010 at a press conference in the Crimea. One of the questions concerned spies-defectors from Russia, whom the authorities exchanged for Russian spies captured in the US and Britain.

Traitors always end badly. They die from drunkenness, drugs are literally under the fence.

Vladimir Putin
in 2010 – the head of the government of the Russian Federation ( quotation on “MK”)

Skripal was arrested in Moscow in 2006 – for four years, as a GRU colonel, he handed over to British intelligence services data on Russian intelligence operations in Europe. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but in 2010 they were deported in exchange for spies from Vienna. The Guardian suggested that Putin “could not forgive Sergei Skripal.”

The Guardian also drew attention to the words of the Commissioner of Police of Greater London, Mark Rowley: he stated that “in cases like [poisoning] of Alexander Litvinenko, if necessary, counter-terrorist services are involved.” Sources of the publication in the leadership of anti-terrorist services in Britain said that the agency’s staff helped to investigate the incident with the Violin.

The widow of the FSB officer and defector Litvinenko, who was poisoned with polonium-210 in 2006, described what happened to Skrypal as “deja vu” in conversation with the BBC . According to Marina Litvinenko, Russia has an “old-fashioned KGB system with an old style [of work]”, and “if an order is received to kill someone, it will be carried out.”

Alexander Litvinenko three days before his death. Getty Images

Express edition compared the story of Skripal with the history of Soviet colonel Oleg Penkovsky, who in 1962 passed the US data on the deployment of Soviet nuclear forces in Cuba. Penkovsky was shot the following year on the verdict of treason. The CIA still considers Penkovsky “one of the most important values” in his history.

According to The Telegraph, shortly before his poisoning, Skripal appealed to the police and said that he was afraid for his life.

One of the arrested, along with the Scrypal spy defectors, and now an analyst at the Royal Joint Institute of Defense Studies Igor Sutyagin told the Financial Times that “it is impossible to assert that the former intelligence colonel was poisoned by decree from Moscow.”

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