‘Spy Sergei dead for sure’

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THE niece of for­mer dou­ble agent, Sergei Skri­pal, be­lieves her un­cle died when he was poi­soned last year and his death was cov­ered up by the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment. In an in­ter­view with a Putin pro­pa­ganda TV sta­tion, Vik­to­ria Skri­pal claimed the Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties may be cov­er­ing up Sergei’s death from the nerve agent, Novi­chok, to make Rus­sia look bad.

She gave an in­ter­view on Krem­lin mouth­piece RT Satur­day in which she said Sergei must be dead be­cause he has not been in con­tact with any of his fam­ily in Rus­sia since he was poi­soned in March 2018. Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties blame Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence oper­a­tives for the failed as­sas­si­na­tion plot on the for­mer dou­ble agent and his daugh­ter.

How­ever, The Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed on Fri­day Skri­pal is still alive. The Krem­lin de­nies be­ing be­hind the at­tack and has fre­quently goaded Bri­tain as Putin flexes his mus­cles in de­fi­ance if in­ter­na­tional pres­sure. In the af­ter­math of the at­tack in Sal­is­bury, the 45-year-old ac­coun­tant told the me­dia she was in touch with her cousin, Yu­lia, who was also left in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter the deadly agent was smeared on the door han­dle of Sergei’s home. Since Sergei Skri­pal was re­leased from hos­pi­tal two months later only Yu­lia has made a pub­lic ap­pear­ance, giv­ing one short TV in­ter­view. Vik­to­ria clams this, along with his di­a­betes and lack of con­tact with his sick mother liv­ing in Rus­sia, is enough to sus­pect her un­cle has in fact passed away.

She said, “My ver­sion is, maybe Yu­lia is still alive but Sergei Vik­torovich is dead for sure. He would not sur­vive mil­i­tary agent poi­son­ing be­cause he has type 1 di­a­betes. He has been on in­sulin for more than ten years. If they [Bri­tain] said that Skri­pal was dead it would mean that they did not man­age to treat him”.

Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties say Sergei Skri­pal (right) and his daugh­ter Yu­lia (left) were tar­geted by Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence oper­a­tives.

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