The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, perfect in Salisbury (Wiltshire, southern England), commented on all leading British media and is one of the most discussed news.
As previously reported, the BBC, the 66-year-old Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain and transferred to London as part of the «spy exchange» in 2010, was poisoned along with his accompanying 33-year-old woman during a visit to the shopping centre the Maltings. They were unconscious on the bench, when they were found by passers-by. It was carried out mass evacuation of people from the Mall. An investigation has begun.
According to the publication DevonLive, the investigation established that a man and a woman (Sergei Skripal and his companion) had been exposed to a synthetic analgesic fentanyl, its biological effects similar to the effects of heroin, but much stronger. They are hospitalized in critical condition. In addition, medical assistance was provided to approximately 10 evacuated people who complained of illness.
The Times writes that the version of the poisoning fentanyl is considered, however, is not the only and main.
In connection with this incident, The Guardian tells in detail about why fentanyl in the UK related to especially dangerous narcotic substances.
The Telegraph writes that Sergei Skripal recently addressed in law enforcement bodies with the statement on the fact that he feared for his life. The publication compares the poisoning Skripal with the circumstances of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on March 6 in connection with the sounding claims about the possible involvement of Moscow to the poisoning Sergei Skripal, told reporters: «I can’t comment on that. That is, for a long time coming, not forced, speaking in Russian, know it’s hard to translate in English, but nevertheless». Peskov, according to RIA Novosti said that the Kremlin has no information about what was Skripal and it is a tragic situation. «You know how he ended up in the West, as a result of any actions and decisions. I’m not going to repeat,» – said Putin’s press Secretary, assured that Moscow is ready to cooperate in the investigation.
Colonel Sergei Skripal to 1999 served in the main intelligence Directorate of the General staff. In 2004, he was arrested, and two years later sentenced to 13 years in strict regime for the transfer to British intelligence information about Russian agents working undercover in Europe. Russia claims that Skripal worked for foreign intelligence since the 90-ies and for the information he was paid 100 thousand dollars. In 2010, he and three other convicts in Russia were pardoned under exchange transactions between Russian, British and American intelligence agencies. He returned to Russia ten agents uncovered in the US, including Anna Chapman.
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