Russian Spy ‘Poisoned’ in Britain — Kremlin Suspected


Sergei Skripal is seen here in 2004, surrounded by Russian agents, after being accused of selling Russian secrets to Britain. Later, in a prisoner swap, Skripal  was allowed to settle in the UK. He has now been ‘poisoned’ by a deadly chemical allegedly administered by Russian secrets agents working on behalf of the Putin government. This is clearly an attempt by the British to start throwing mud at Putin and blame him for stirring up trouble in Britain by ordering clandestine assassinations on British soil.

A Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain was fighting for his life last night amid suspicions he was poisoned in a shopping centre in Wiltshire. Sergei Skripal, 66, was in intensive care after being exposed to a mysterious substance as he sat on a bench in the centre of Salisbury. A 33-year-old woman who was with him, is also in critical condition. Both had collapsed and were unconscious when they were discovered.

Reports suggest Col Skripal had recently gone to police claiming he was fearing for his life.

The incident comes a little over a decade after the murder of Alexander Litvinenko — pictured here — the former Russian agent who was poisoned by radioactive polonium in a London hotel.

Colonel Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence agent with the FSB, was jailed in Moscow for spying for Britain but had arrived in the UK in 2010 as part of a prisoner exchange. Anna Chapman, a Russia-born secret agent who had acquired British citizenship and who was detained by US authorities, was sent back to Russia along with nine other agents.

Litvinenko’s widow Marina Litvinenko told the Telegraph last night: “It looks similar to what happened to my husband but we need more information. We need to know the substance. Was it radioactive?”

Colonel Skripal and his female companion was discovered on Sunday afternoon. An eyewitness told how she saw the pair seemingly “frozen” in place.

Georgia Pridham, 25, had been for a hen do lunch and was walking back to her friend’s car when she saw the couple slumped on a bench.

She told the Telegraph: “He was quite smartly dressed, which caught my eye. He had his palms up to the sky as if he was shrugging and was staring at the building in front of him.“

He had a woman sat next to him on the bench who was slumped on his shoulder. She looked grey and had her hood up.

“I thought ‘that is quite odd, they must be on something’. I remember looking back at him thinking he would catch my eye but he was staring dead straight. He was conscious but it was like he was frozen and he was slightly rocking back and forward.

“She was just slumped onto his shoulder. She had a Parka jacket on with her hood up. I thought maybe she was asleep or passed out. He had a jacket and some smart trousers on. He didn’t look like the type to get high.”

The couple were unconscious when they were rushed to Salisbury District Hospital. Authorities later declared a major incident and its Accident & Emergency unit had to be closed.

On Monday night police said Zizzi restaurant, which was close to where Col Skripal and the woman were found, was closed in connection with the incident following consultation with Public Health England, suggesting one or both of them may have dined there beforehand.

Police wearing protective suits on Monday night were examining the area around the bench where the couple had collapsed. One well-placed source told The Telegraph a number of police officers who had initially attended the scene had also been treated for possible contamination although this newspaper was unable to verify that.

One report suggested a ‘specialist chemical response unit’ had removed an ‘unknown substance’ which had been wrapped in several protective layers.

The prospect of a state-sponsored assassination on Colonel Skripal was immediately raised by opponents of President Putin. Garry Kasparov, the former chess world champion and high profile critic of the Russian leader, tweeted: “After the UK’s pathetic response to Litvinenko’s assassination with polonium in London, why wouldn’t Putin do it again?”

Colonel Skripal is thought to have been living quietly in Salisbury for the past seven years. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006 after being found guilty of “high treason in the form of espionage” in a Moscow military court.

Russia alleged that Colonel Skripal had been paid $100,000 by MI6 in exchange for passing them the identities of Russian secret agents operating in Europe. He was branded a traitor and a disgrace.

A Russian nuclear expert Igor Sutyagin, who had been convicted of spying in 2004, was also sent to the UK with Colonel Skripal as part of the spy swap. Dr Sutyagin, now a senior research fellow with the Royal United services Institute in London, last night said he only knew Colonel Skripal for the duration of their flight from Moscow.

“If everything points to these people, then that’s a problem for them,” he said.

Dr Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, said: “If confirmed, this would be the second case of a former Russian ‘spy’ being exposed to an unknown substance in the UK. The first, of course, was Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned by polonium-210 in 2006.

“While it is too soon to attribute responsibility, it would be foolhardy if the authorities were not to explore the Russia connection in relation to Mr Skripal’s illness.”

In a statement, temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Craig Holden of Wiltshire Police, said: “The two people – a man aged in his 60s, and a woman aged in her 30s – were found unconscious on a bench in The Maltings in Salisbury.  “Police officers, as well as colleagues from the ambulance and fire services attended the scene and cordons were put in place.”

The statement continued: “The pair, who we believe are known to each other, did not have any visible injuries and were taken to Salisbury District Hospital. They are currently being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance. Both are currently in a critical condition in intensive care. Because we are still at the very early stages of the investigation, we are unable to ascertain whether or not a crime has taken place.”

The incident will inevitably raise concern that Russian assassins had struck again, 11 years after Litvinenko was murdered in 2006.

Mark Galeotti, an expert on the Russian secret services, said: “The Russians have more animus towards ‘traitors’ than dissidents, as it were.” But he said it would be unusual to target an ex-spy who had been jailed, debriefed and exchanged, adding: “One thing that made Alexander Litvinenko a target was that he was still working with the security services here and with others. If there was a belief, rightly or wrongly, that Skripal was working for the security services, or done something else to make him a person of interest, it would put him back in the cross hairs.”

Early reports suggested that colonel Skripal and the unnamed woman may have been exposed to the synthetic drug, Fentanyl, which is up to 10,000 times more powerful than heroin and has been linked to scores of deaths in the UK. (See endnote below on Fentanyl)

Authorities declined to speculate as investigations continue.

The widow of Alexander Litvinenko has said she fears the discovery of a former Russian spy critically ill near his home after being exposed to an unknown substance bears similarities to the assassination of her husband. Marina Litvinenko said if Sergei Skripal was found to have been poisoned, it showed “nothing has changed” since her husband was murdered.

A public inquiry found Mr Litvinenko (pictured above right) was probably murdered in 2006 on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin.

The former KGB officer who died from radiation poisoning was killed by two Russian agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, the inquiry report said. There was a “strong probability” they were acting on behalf of the Russian FSB secret service, the report added.

Mrs Litvinenko told the Telegraph: “It looks similar to what happened to my husband but we need more information. We need to know the substance. Was it radioactive? We don’t have enough information about what definitely happened.”

She added: “I cannot say I am worried but it is really strange but I need to know what has happened and why. Logically it is very strange to do this before a presidential election. It is really difficult to know who might be behind this. The only thing I can say is if this is a poisoning it is just nothing has changed since my husband died.”

Endnote on Fenatnyl

Q:  What is fentanyl?
A:  Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery.

Q:  How do people use it?
A:  When prescribed by a physician, fentanyl is often administered via injection, transdermal patch, or in lozenges.

Q:  What does it do?
A:  Like heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs, fentanyl works by binding to the body’s opioid receptors, which are found in areas of the brain that control pain and emotions. When opioid drugs bind to these receptors, they can drive up dopamine levels in the brain’s reward areas, producing a state of euphoria and relaxation.

Q:  Why is it dangerous?
A:  Opioid receptors are also found in the areas of the brain that control breathing rate. High doses of opioids can cause breathing to stop completely, which can lead to death.


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27 thoughts to “Russian Spy ‘Poisoned’ in Britain — Kremlin Suspected”

  1. The woman is believed to be his daughter.
    I have not a lot of sympathy for spy’s, who’s ever side they originate, but the daughter?, also if other innocents are hurt, one can only hope the perpetrators receive punishment.

  2. Well, I certainly feel sorry for the poor man. But spying is such a nasty business… You never know who your ‘friends’ are, or your enemies for that matter. Indeed, you even forget who you are.. lying and changing identities so often.
    There are certainly several likely reasons for the poor man’s illness. Russians? Brits? Yanks? Wronged ‘customers’? Drug abuse? Meds prescribed by inept medical practitioners? Failed love affairs involving women or men? (unlikely as it may seem). But I think the most probable cause would be tainted food from a Paki restaurant.

    1. Hi Desert Fox,
      I agree. and most likely Mossad. Jews harbor a longtime hatred of Russia, and this looks like it was set up to harm Russia. Why would Russia use such a sensational method?

      And yes, CUI BONO?

      1. Agree, and the Mossad does a lot of hit jobs here in the U.S. , they are the most vicious and dangerous, but they are protected as the Zionists control the U.S. gov.

      2. J.K.
        Yes. The method points to the real culprits. ……….poisoning! How sensational! All from a James Bond movie. All designed to maximize the drama for public consumption. If the Russians wanted the man dead they are profesional enough to be much more discreet. In the shady World of state-sponsored murder, there are substancias that can induce heart attacks. Why not hack the computer in his car causing the old man to hit an oak tree at 100 m.p.h.? A million ways to murder. But a 66 year old man dying from a heart attack wouldnt make headlines. Must be an exotic death for propaganda purposes. Oh well. Who did it? Dont know. But it sure wasnt the Russians. 🙂

      3. Yes, very likely the Mossad or the American deep state controlled by the same people.
        Part of a “blame Putin” campaign, which is as convincing as the “chemical-attacks-on-his-own-people” so-called by Bashar al-Assad in Syria, again by the same suspects. These people are specialized in false flag terrorism.

  3. “Early reports suggested that colonel Skripal and the unnamed woman may have been exposed to the synthetic drug, Fentanyl, which is up to 10,000 times more powerful than heroin and has been linked to scores of deaths in the UK.”

    Fentanyl is as good of a guess as any.. It is made in China and MAILED to Britain.

    Blame Xi, who will serve for life, not ‘Put-on’…. for this one.

    Looks as if… ‘Pay-backs’ for Opium Wars are harsh.!!

    The reason drug dealers are attracted to fentanyl over, say, heroin, is that it is so strong – a little shipped by MAIL… goes a long way.

    The laws in China mean some labs can make certain types of fentanyl legally. The issue is who they are prepared to sell it to.
    Within minutes we were offered a deal.
    Quickly we learned that fentanyl was freely available, no questions asked, with an offer to ship it out to the UK: A class A drug readily available for the international criminal market.
    It would be packed up and sent discretely by mail or courier.
    The BBC left without making an order. No drugs were bought.

      1. That depends on if you want what PRINCE got: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing and …. DEATH..!! 🙂 🙂

        An illicit version of the drug is flooding into communities across America, and casual users are finding out that their fentanyl pills and powder are delivering a POWERFUL HIGH that is easy to overdose on.

        A medical examination concluded that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, ending weeks of speculation on how the singer died.

    1. F.R.,
      Who knows anyway? Its a stupid attempt to display a ficciónal strength.

  4. He is a has been spy of no further use to the UK so offing him just before the World Cup provides a perfect excuse for NATO countries to boycott it. As Wiggins and Desert Fox say, so profoundly, it makes no sense for Russia to have carried out the deed.
    Anyway, I have no respect for traitors of any stripe. He sold his country out for $100,000. Whether he lives or dies he will always be known as a dishonorable traitor. He can consider himself lucky that he wasn’t caught as a traitor in the 50’s. Then he would have been burnt alive in a furnace like Major Popov another GRU traitor. Would that the West deal with the Israel firster traitors in such a fashion.

    1. Yep, the CIA / MI-6 / Mossad have a lot more to gain from pinning this on the Russians than the Russians have to gain with such an inept assassination. A vehicle “accident” is easily arranged, and few would question it. A poisoning per “official” fairly tale only benefits Western warmongers USG / UKG / IsraelG.

    2. That’s hitting the nail on the head, Felix.
      What did he expect? Roses and tributes?
      I’d guess the Brits simply extracted the last bit of usefulness out of the jackal’s body. Hardly shocking, rather pretty much SOP, innit..

  5. Largest, ” nerve agent used” and a police officer who was first on scene ” serious condition ”
    Let’s not let our own views cloud the issue, it MAY be Russian, it MAY not.

  6. It appears to be a slow day for comments, so I hope Admin will bear with me if I submit a brief totally off-topic comment that will help bring some folks up to speed on The Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxism. Those two terms are often seen here at Darkmoon, but may not be well understood. The following video, in less than half an hour, covers a LOT of ground, from the beginnings of the Frankfurt School through the spread of “critical theory” to the present day scourges of cultural Marxism and political correctness.The Architects of Western Decline – A Study on the Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxism

    My only complaint – and it’s a big one – is that the narrator keeps referring to “Germans”. These “Germans” were almost entirely Jewish. The opening couple of minutes has an annoying soundtrack, just skip forward through that.

    1. Carn –

      I helped with your question earlier.

      RE: dinosaurs….
      “why did a single asteroid strike wipe them all off the face of the earth?”

      Another guess was given by Dr Donald Patten, a geographer, astronomer and more, who suggests that a large planet came near this planet and its gravitational pull caused the molten magma and flimsy crust tides of several miles in height, which caused the rearrangement of this planet’s surface. It also cased the spinning of this planet.

      Some observable ‘sort of’ proof is the mountain ranges run north and south around the globe….. as they were pulled in wave-like fashion from east or west….. as the planet, maybe Mars or Jupiter, passed so close.

      Genesis: “The fountains of the deep were broken up.”

      This cataclysm would have destroyed the food sources for “YUGE” critters. but not for prehistoric small reptiles and amphibians and fishes…etc.

      This is the most fascinating video of a speech I have ever seen:

      Cataclysm From Space, 2800 BC

      (Intro narrated by Ed Griffin)

      —The present is not the key to the past.—

      More about the video:
      This is a video adaptation of a documentary filmstrip presenting evidence that, less than 5000 years ago, a stray planet from deep space, along with its tiny moon of ice, nearly collided with Earth.

      An analysis is made of the gravitational forces that would have flexed the Earth’s crust, creating volcanic ruptures, mountain ranges, and oceanic tides of such heights as to cover almost all of the Earth’s land surface. Human survivors, indeed, would have been few, and countless species of magnificent prehistoric animals would have perished…
      not due to failure to adapt, as is commonly claimed, but simply because they failed to find high ground.

      It would be difficult to enter into an informed discussion on such topics as Earth History, Geology, the Biblical Flood, Evolution, or Creation itself without knowledge of the facts and theories presented in this program.

      Classic scientific theories.
      The ice age re-examined.
      Cause of the Biblical Flood.
      Ice from space.
      Evidence of cataclysm.
      Effect on climate and life.
      Roches Limit.

      1. Just finished watching the video, thanks, Pat. For me, the evidence proves there’s a whole lot we just don’t know, and probably never will.

        The single asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction never did make much sense, IMO, but I don’t give much credit to biblical stories, either, considering the (((source))). I’m OK with living in a world where the wonders of creation, be they entirely natural, supernatural, or some combination thereof, are there for all of us to see, hear, taste, smell and touch. I’m not exactly a Deist, but I guess that would be a label that sort of applies.

  7. Latest, it was nerve gas that was used on Skripal.

    He was behaving weirdly at the restaurant.

    A real life detective Story.

  8. When I posted I did not know the woman was reported to be his daughter. If that’s true and she had no involvement I find it very sad indeed she was also perhaps poisoned. Ditto the police officer who is also said to have suffered.
    But still, a spy must expect to be rather disliked by many, and also deemed expendable by his ‘friends’ for whatever reason. After, he is seen to be just a commodity, like a whore.
    And I did not cite the Mossad, my bad, a very likely player. And as others have noted, maybe just another junky in search of a high.
    Pity we will never know the truth of the matter.

    1. The truth usually comes out, but sometimes only after many years, as historians peel away the layers of lies.

  9. Purely speculative, and not an attempt at fake news.
    The ” former ” Russia/British spy was working again, this time for the Russians, he had in his procession an chemical agent taken/stolen from Porton down, a notorious British chemical weapons center , which is coincidentally only 8 miles from the park bench the gentlemen and his Daughter where found, the Daughter who had just arrived from Russia ( we are to believe that Russia turns a blind eye to family members of ” former ” traitors popping over to visit them) was also now working for Russia, and was in the process of receiving said chemical agent , when either something went wrong, or they where deliberately liquidated.
    Both sides ( Russia and Britain ) our now involved in a cover up of their actions, which could have lead to an even more horrific outbreak of nerve agent.

  10. The most likely set of suspects at the top of the list
    may well be not even any State actors, but the Jew
    Rothschild banksters, to whom, of course, MI5 and
    MI6 are very much subordinated – just like the
    ‘independent’ BBC – and, between them, they’ve
    got all of the means and the motives.

    (Victor Rothschild spied for the KGB, while on the staff
    of the MI5 – and that was OK – he owned the joint.)

    The Jew Rothschild banksters are still smarting from
    Russia’s re-nationalization of their ill-gotten Russian
    assets (Yukos). And that’s just one of the reasons.
    There are, no doubt, many others.

    And, since the allegation was aired of the ‘poison gel’
    having been smeared on the handle of Skripal’s front
    door, where is the video footage – or, better still –
    video footages?… There has to be more than one
    in that middle-class cul-de-sac, hasn’t it?…

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