New developments in the Skripal case reveal it for the sham it always was

Summary

As more information became available, the United Kingdom government’s version became less and less plausible. In fact, many of the allegations made by the United Kingdom government were downright absurd. It is sufficient to note here that the alleged agent used to protect the Skripals was a highly toxic substance where only minute quantities are required to cause an almost instant death.

The Skripals were said to be infected at Sergei’s home. There has never been a satisfactory explanation of how the pair were infected, yet managed to survive several hours, during which time they travelled, fed ducks in the park, ate a meal, and walked through the city centre. The official version was beyond absurd.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning claiming that the United Kingdom was never able to prove a “Russian trace” and did not provide detailed evidence of Russia’s involvement.

British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack on the Skripals.

Links on the details of the London Metropolitan Police investigation into the Skripal case can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: New Eastern Outlook
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Disproof

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