British investigators continue to question former Colonel GRU Sergei Skripal. According to Sky News, the intelligence services establish details of his travels abroad. Ex-colonel is still in the hospital
Sergey Skripal (Photo: Yuri Senatorov / Kommersant)
British investigators, as the former colonel of the GRU, Sergei Skripal, recovered, were interrogated in the hospital. About this without indicating sources of information informs Sky News. According to the television channel, British law enforcement officials want to learn more about the life of Skripal in the UK, as well as about his recent actions before poisoning.
In particular, the interrogation, according to Sky News, goes on the topics of regular trips of the former GRU officer to London and abroad, as well as about the “monthly meetings” of Skripal in a restaurant in Salisbury with his “alleged former curator from the [British Secret Intelligence Service] MI6 “. The remaining details of what is happening TV channel does not specify, noting that Skripal is still in the hospital.
Previously the newspaper The New York Times and the Czech edition of Respekt reported that in 2016 and 2012 the former GRU colonel traveled to Estonia and the Czech Republic, respectively. In the first case, according to the interlocutors of the publication, during the visit, he met with members of the Estonian special services. In the second case, noted newspaper Respekt, after a trip to Prague, Skripal “at least once” was negotiating with representatives of the Czech special services in the UK. The details and topics of these meetings are unknown, the sources of the newspapers noted.
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Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were found unconscious in the British Salisbury on March 4. A few days later, British Prime Minister Teresa May said that both of them were poisoned by the nerve agent “Novice”, which was developed in the USSR. In this connection, as the politician concluded, Moscow was involved in the poisoning “with greater probability”. However, in Russia these accusations have repeatedly been denied.
On April 10, it became known that the daughter of an ex-employee of the GRU discharged from the hospital. Chief physician Christine Blanchard then noticed that Julia Skripal does not want to be bothered by the press. Five days before his recovery, a Russian woman made a formal statement , in which she told that she came to herself a week ago. There have been no other reports from her so far.
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The In 2006, in Russia, Skripal was sentenced to 13 years in prison for espionage in favor of London. At the same time, the former Colonel GRU was deprived of all ranks. Four years later, in 2010, the Russian president signed a decree to pardon Skripal. He and three other Russians convicted in Russia for espionage in favor of the United States and Britain, then exchanged for the ten agents of Russian special services that were detained in the United States in June 2010.
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Great Britain after that gave Skripal a pension and guarantees of support in case of life problems. After moving to Salisbury, Skripal, like noted formerly The New York Times, assisted in the exploration of MI-6 in the disclosure of Russian agents abroad. In particular, according to the publication, he was allowed to communicate with representatives of special services from partner countries.
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