‘Spy Sergei dead for sure’
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.