The Skripal Poisonings and the Ongoing Vilification of Putin

The attack on Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter is highly useful to those who want to vilify Vladimir Putin, just as the use of chemical weapons in Syria last April was useful for those wanting to further vilify Bashar Assad and justify a U.S. missile strike.

Sergei Skripal stands behind bars in a courtroom in Moscow in August 2006. (Photo: Press Service of Moscow District Millitary Court)

Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent on March 4 on a park bench in Salisbury, England. Skripal had been a Russian double agent, a spy who turned over 300 names of Russian spies to British intelligence from 1995 to 2004. He was (not so surprisingly) arrested in Russia in 2004 and sentenced to thirteen years in prison. He

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Russia Suggests UK Possessed Nerve Agent That Is “Quite Artificially” Being Linked to Moscow

Though damning conclusions were quickly drawn and accusatory fingers pointed at Moscow, many unanswered questions swirl around the poisoning: Did the U.K. itself possess the nerve agent used? If not, how did doctors quickly decide what antidotes to administer?

Police officers stand guard at the bottom of the road where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal lives in Salisbury, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The use of Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter makes it "highly likely" that Russia was involved, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday. Novichok refers to a class of nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON – Russian officials are voicing a full-throated dismissal of British accusations that Russia used a nerve agent referred to as “Novichok” in an attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Russian Ambassador to the U.K., Alexander Yakovenko, is further charging London with making accusations in poor faith, while

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Britain’s Not So Distant History of State Sponsored Assassinations

Britain’s self-righteous tone when denouncing Russia for the alleged assassination of Sergei Skripal ignores its own not so distant history of engaging in state-sponsored assassinations.

With the eyes of the world focused on the alleged nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, the Russian who worked as a British double-agent before being exiled to the UK in 2010, since he and his daughter were found slumped on a Salisbury public bench last Sunday, one can’t help but notice the hypocritical reaction of the British political

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