The Sunday Times writing about the allegedly deteriorating state of health of the ex-Colonel of the GRU Sergey Skripal is example of “controlled leakage”, evidence of a link between the intelligence services and the British media. The British are preparing the information background in order to announce the death of the Russian citizen and the destruction of evidence related to the Salisbury incident.
Great Britain’s ambassador to Russia, Sir Laurie Bristow, told Interfax that Sergey and Yuliya Skripal are both alive.
The disinformation messages around Skripals have been created as a series of inconsistencies, implying a British government conspiracy behind the Skripal case. British police have presented a solid chain of evidence about the Skripal case, including pictures, that connects the two identified suspects to particular locations in the case. UK’s authorities and independent experts found that the Skripals were poisoned by Novichok nerve agent. They brought charges against two Russian citizens. Parts of this material have been released to the public.
See here for many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media about the Skripal poisoning.