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    Former Russian spy critically ill in Britain after exposure to unidentified substance

    LONDON (Reuters) - Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was convicted by Russia of betraying agents to British intelligence, was critically ill on Monday after exposure to an unidentified substance in Britain, two sources close to the investigation told Reuters.

    British police said two people, a 66-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, had been found unconscious on a bench in a shopping center on Sunday in the southern English city of Salisbury after exposure to the unknown substance.


    Both are critically ill in intensive care. Police declared a major incident.


    Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, was convicted in Russia of treason in 2006 but exchanged as part of a Cold War-style spy swap in 2010 on the tarmac of Vienna airport. Skripal is 66 years old.


    British police did not release the names of those who were being treated but two sources close to the investigation told Reuters that the critically ill man was Skripal. It was unclear what the substance was, they said.


    “This has not been declared as a counter-terrorism incident and we would urge people not to speculate,” Wiltshire police’s Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden told reporters.


    “However, I must emphasize that we retain an open mind, and that we continue to review this position.”


    Relations between Britain and Russia have been strained since the murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006, a killing which a British inquiry said was probably approved by President Vladimir Putin.


    The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing.


    Litvinenko, 43, an outspoken critic of Putin who fled Russia for Britain six years to the day before he was poisoned, died after drinking green tea laced with the rare and very potent radioactive isotope at London’s Millennium Hotel.


    It took some time for British doctors to discern the cause of Litvinenko’s illness.


    SPY SWAP

    Skripal, who was arrested in 2004 by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on suspicion of betraying dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006.


    But he was later pardoned in 2010 by then-President Dmitry Medvedev as part of a spy swap to bring 10 Russian agents held in the United States back to Moscow.


    The swap, one of the biggest since the Cold War ended in 1991, took place on the tarmac of Vienna airport where a Russian and a U.S. jet parked side by side before the agents were exchanged.


    One of the Russian spies exchanged for Skripal was Anna Chapman, who was greeted as a hero by the Kremlin. She was one of 10 spies who tried to blend in to American society in an apparent bid to get close to power brokers and learn secrets. They were arrested by the FBI in 2010.


    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-b...-idUSKBN1GH2UX

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    British police did not release the names...
    but RT did :

    Russian man who spied for UK ‘critically ill’ after exposure to unknown substance – reports
    Published time: 5 Mar, 2018

    https://www.rt.com/news/420542-serge...ent-salisbury/
    (however, who can believe RT?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    but RT did :

    Russian man who spied for UK ‘critically ill’ after exposure to unknown substance – reports
    Published time: 5 Mar, 2018

    https://www.rt.com/news/420542-serge...ent-salisbury/
    (however, who can believe RT?)
    Vlads mouthpiece giving a warning perhaps?

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    Pies. Bloody British pies. That's what did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Vlads mouthpiece giving a warning perhaps?
    Got their information straight from the SVR daily task list no doubt.

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    I wonder how paranoid vlad is these days - what is the soviet equivalent of drumpfs KFC meals ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    I wonder how paranoid vlad is these days - what is the soviet equivalent of drumpfs KFC meals ?
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    No one likes a grass, looks like the daughter led them straight to him

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    He knew too much and now the Ruskies are taking care of him.

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    Yep you know when you've been miserabled by Putin

    List of people Putin is suspected of assassinating - Business Insider

    Alexander Litvinenko

    Alexander Litvinenko.via The Telegraph
    Alexander Litvinenko was a former KGB agent who died three weeks after drinking a cup of tea at a London hotel that had been laced with deadly polonium-210.
    A British inquiry foundthat Litvinenko was poisoned by FSB agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, who were acting on orders that had "probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin."
    Litvinenko was very critical of Putin, accusing him of, among other things, blowing up an apartment block and ordering the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
    Anna Politkovskaya

    Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist who was critical of Putin. In her book "Putin's Russia," she accused Putin of turning his country into a police state. She was murdered by contract killers who shot her at point blank range in the lift outside her flat.
    Five men were convicted of her murder, but the judge found that it was a contract killing, with $150,000 paid by "a person unknown."
    A picture of slain journalist Anna Politkovskaya is shown during a candlelight vigil in front of the Russian Embassy.Mark Wilson/Getty Images
    Natalia Estemirova

    Natalia Estemirova was a journalist who sometimes worked with Politkovskaya.
    She specialised in uncovering human-rights abuses carried out by the Russian state in Chechnya.
    She was abducted from outside her home and later found in nearby woodland with gunshot wounds to her head. No one has been convicted of her murder.
    Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova

    Human-rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov represented Politkovskaya and other journalists who had been critical of Putin.
    He was shot by a masked gunman near the Kremlin. Journalist Anastasia Baburova, who was walking with him, was also shot when she tried to help him.
    Boris Nemtsov speaks at a news conference on "Corruption and Abuse in Sochi Olympics."Alex Wong/Getty Images
    Boris Nemtsov

    Boris Nemtsov was a former deputy prime minister of Russia under Boris Yeltsin who went on to become a big critic of Putin — accusing himof being in the pay of oligarchs.
    He was shot four times in the back just yards from the Kremlin as he walked home from a restaurant. Despite Putin taking "personal control" of the investigation into Nemtsov's murder, the killer has not been found.
    Boris Berezovsky

    Boris Berezovsky was a Russian oligarch who fled to Britain after he fell out with Putin. During his exile he threatened to bring down Putin by force. He was found dead at his Berkshire home in March 2013 in an apparent suicide, although an inquest into his death recorded an open verdict.
    Berezovsky was found dead inside a locked bathroom with a ligature around his neck. The coroner couldn't explain how he had died.
    The British police had on several occasions investigated alleged assassination attempts against him.
    Boris Berezovsky wears a mask showing the face of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, as he leaves Bow Street Magistrates Court.Graeme Robertson/Getty Images
    Paul Klebnikov

    Paul Klebnikov was the chief editor of the Russian edition of Forbes. He had written about corruption and dug into the lives of wealthy Russians.
    He was killed in a drive-by shooting in an apparent contract killing.
    Sergei Yushenkov

    Sergei Yushenkov was a Russian politician who was attempting to prove the Russian state was behind the bombing of an apartment block.
    He was killed in an assassination by a single shot to the chest just hours after his political organisation, Liberal Russia, had been recognised by the Justice Ministry as a party.
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    Yep you know when you've been miserabled by Putin

    List of people Putin is suspected of assassinating - Business Insider

    Alexander Litvinenko

    Alexander Litvinenko.via The Telegraph
    Alexander Litvinenko was a former KGB agent who died three weeks after drinking a cup of tea at a London hotel that had been laced with deadly polonium-210.
    A British inquiry foundthat Litvinenko was poisoned by FSB agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, who were acting on orders that had "probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin."
    Litvinenko was very critical of Putin, accusing him of, among other things, blowing up an apartment block and ordering the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
    Anna Politkovskaya

    Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist who was critical of Putin. In her book "Putin's Russia," she accused Putin of turning his country into a police state. She was murdered by contract killers who shot her at point blank range in the lift outside her flat.
    Five men were convicted of her murder, but the judge found that it was a contract killing, with $150,000 paid by "a person unknown."
    A picture of slain journalist Anna Politkovskaya is shown during a candlelight vigil in front of the Russian Embassy.Mark Wilson/Getty Images
    Natalia Estemirova

    Natalia Estemirova was a journalist who sometimes worked with Politkovskaya.
    She specialised in uncovering human-rights abuses carried out by the Russian state in Chechnya.
    She was abducted from outside her home and later found in nearby woodland with gunshot wounds to her head. No one has been convicted of her murder.
    Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova

    Human-rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov represented Politkovskaya and other journalists who had been critical of Putin.
    He was shot by a masked gunman near the Kremlin. Journalist Anastasia Baburova, who was walking with him, was also shot when she tried to help him.
    Boris Nemtsov speaks at a news conference on "Corruption and Abuse in Sochi Olympics."Alex Wong/Getty Images
    Boris Nemtsov

    Boris Nemtsov was a former deputy prime minister of Russia under Boris Yeltsin who went on to become a big critic of Putin — accusing himof being in the pay of oligarchs.
    He was shot four times in the back just yards from the Kremlin as he walked home from a restaurant. Despite Putin taking "personal control" of the investigation into Nemtsov's murder, the killer has not been found.
    Boris Berezovsky

    Boris Berezovsky was a Russian oligarch who fled to Britain after he fell out with Putin. During his exile he threatened to bring down Putin by force. He was found dead at his Berkshire home in March 2013 in an apparent suicide, although an inquest into his death recorded an open verdict.
    Berezovsky was found dead inside a locked bathroom with a ligature around his neck. The coroner couldn't explain how he had died.
    The British police had on several occasions investigated alleged assassination attempts against him.
    Boris Berezovsky wears a mask showing the face of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, as he leaves Bow Street Magistrates Court.Graeme Robertson/Getty Images
    Paul Klebnikov

    Paul Klebnikov was the chief editor of the Russian edition of Forbes. He had written about corruption and dug into the lives of wealthy Russians.
    He was killed in a drive-by shooting in an apparent contract killing.
    Sergei Yushenkov

    Sergei Yushenkov was a Russian politician who was attempting to prove the Russian state was behind the bombing of an apartment block.
    He was killed in an assassination by a single shot to the chest just hours after his political organisation, Liberal Russia, had been recognised by the Justice Ministry as a party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    No one likes a grass, looks like the daughter led them straight to him
    Huh?

    Link?


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    Woman found 'poisoned' alongside Russian spy named as his daughter | Metro News\

    He ‘was doing some strange hand movements’ as the woman sat next to him on a bench was slumped on his shoulder. Witnesses told how it appeared Skripal and the woman, who was known to him, ‘had been taking something quite strong’. Reports emerged today the Skripal’s wife and son have been killed in recent years.

    Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/06/woman-...8/?ito=cbshare
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

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    Good to see folks of Salisbury have right priorities, stuff eggs Benedict Arnold, Stakeknife and the Clancy's

    But far from perturbed by the activity unfolding around them, residents and workers simply zigzag around the cordons.
    People are more worried about the local pie shop being closed, says Leuene Jackman, peering over the police tape at the forensics team.

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    As if Russia would be so stupid to take out an x military officer with some poison in the UK knowing the blame is going to be directly pointed at them. Same with all anti Russian propaganda from those who want war they never provide any evidence though.

    Why do people actually want wars, that is the question you have to ask. What type of brain dead numbskull gets off on dropping bombs or firing missiles from thousands of miles away at people, most of whom will be killed will be innocent? Obviously Americans need not answer.

    Can't you dumb fuks of whatever nationality who want wars go find your own island and go have some mano mano unarmed combat and leave the other 6.9 billion of us out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    As if Russia would be so stupid to take out an x military officer with some poison in the UK knowing the blame is going to be directly pointed at them. Same with all anti Russian propaganda from those who want war they never provide any evidence though.
    Au contraire. It could equally well be Putin saying "I can do what I fucking like and you can't do jack shit ner ner ne ner ner".

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Au contraire. It could equally well be Putin saying "I can do what I fucking like and you can't do jack shit ner ner ne ner ner".
    You seem to be confusing Putin with American foreign policy over the last 30 years.

    Russia wants to trade and be economically viable but ever since they got rid of the alcoholic US puppet Yeltsin the West or rather the US has decided that Russia is some big bad enemy again and let's all have a new cold war.

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    Some background information on Skripal.


    A hundred grand and hundreds of betrayed agents

    What was former GRU Colonel Sergey Skripal's treason against Russia?


    https://meduza.io/en/feature/2018/03/06/a-hundred-grand-and-hundreds-of-betrayed-agents

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    Luckily, we are not bothered with the thousands poisoning yearly, only when it happens to a pitiful spy...

    I am sobbing the whole day and the righteous Boris with me...

    CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.

    Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.

    However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

    https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html

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    Nice red herring. Hope it doesn't contain botulism.

    Kinda odd how so many critics of Putin and Russian dissidents end up dead innit.
    Last edited by AntRobertson; 07-03-2018 at 08:59 AM.

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    Yesterday the CNN run the whole day a debate: How the West will do when it's found that the Russians poisoned their spy?
    I am afraid that a WW3 will be declared...
    (The Troy War had at least a good reason: a beautiful Helen...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Nice red herring.
    ...and another red moroning for me by bsnub..


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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    He knew too much and now the Ruskies are taking care of him.
    He had previously been jailed in Russia for 4 years and then released as part of an exchange program, clearly then not considered a threat.

    Oh the hysteria

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