UK got rid of Skripal

Summary

Skripal’s life is over. UK got rid of Sergei Skripal.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Salisbury attack and Skripal's death.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning.

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. As for the scar on her throat, news outlets, including the BBC and Telegraph, have described it as a result of a tracheotomy, a surgical procedure which opens a hole in a person's windpipe to help them breathe. She has not shared specifics of her treatment, but described it as "invasive, painful, and depressing."

For the UK response see here.

The OPCW have confirmed the UK findings in the case. "The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 121
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Biological weapons
  • Outlet: Utro.ru
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Disproof

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Disproof
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Disproof

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