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Another Former Russian Intelligence Officer Poisoned in the UK

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Col. Sergei Skripal, formerly GRU, and his 33 year old daughter, have been poisoned and remain on the critical list in a UK hospital, while efforts continue to determine what they were poisoned with and by whom. Consensus of most informed observers is that it is mostly likely yet another Russian hit conducted inside the UK. If this is shown to be a Russian hit, it would be the second attack on a UK resident this year, following the murder of a Latvian volunteer who fought against the Russians in Donbass. Both victims are claimed to have been threatened by the Russians.

Why the Russians are so brazen in the UK is a good question, as British law enforcement is generally competent.

There have been disturbing reports that Russian intelligence has been very actively operating in Hungary, Austria and other parts of Europe.

Perhaps the time has come to elevate Russian counter-intelligence operations in Europe to the same status as counter-terrorism operations – noting that assassinating critics living in democracies has been a feature of Islamist terrorist groups as well. Russia is clearly conducting a full scale covert war in Europe, using terrorist tactics, and ignoring this to save face for naive (and often bought) European politicians and senior bureaucrats is not going stop this campaign.

Russian spy ‘feared for his life’ before collapse in Britain – NY Daily News

Sergei Skripal had previously been convicted in Russia for giving information to British intelligence.

Russian ‘Ex-Spy’ Critically Ill In Britain After Exposure To ‘Unknown Substance’

Reports from Britain say a man who is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance is the alleged former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

Russian spy Sergei Skripal critically ill after suspected poisoning | News | The Times

A former Russian double agent who passed secrets to MI6 was fighting for his life in hospital last night after a suspected poisoning that raised fears of an assassination attempt on British soil.Sergei Skripal, 66, had been jailed in Russia for treason but was later given refuge in the UK as part of

British Police ‘Alive To State Threats,’ As Ex-Spy In Critical Condition

British police investigating the sudden and severe illness of a man identified as former Russian spy Sergei Skripal are “alive to the fact of state threats,” the country’s top counterterrorism offi…

Russian Spy ‘Poisoned’ in England, in Critical Condition | Time

A former Russian spy was found critically ill after exposure to an “unknown substance,” British media reported

Russian former spy’s daughter is second victim, reports say – live updates | World news | The Guardian

Follow the latest on the possible poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury

Former Russia spy’s daughter is second victim in mystery UK incident

UK foreign secretary says hospitalisation of double agent has ‘echoes of Litvinenko’

Woman, 33, fighting for life alongside Russian spy after ‘poisoning’ named as his daughter – Mirror Online

Sergei Skripal’s daughter Yulia has been named in reports as the woman who was found slumped beside him on a bench on Sunday afternoon – the pair remain critically ill in hospital

Russian spy: How do you find out whether poisoning has occurred? – BBC News

A Russian man and his daughter are critically ill. How will officials find out whether they were poisoned?

Russian spy: Russia ‘has no information’ on Sergei Skripal collapse – BBC News

The sudden illness of a former Russian agent in the UK is a “tragic situation”, the Kremlin says.

Russia: Ready to Help Britain Investigate Former Spy’s Illness

British media identify ex-spy as Sergei Skripal who was found unconscious in Salisbury

The man known as ‘Putin’s No. 1 enemy’ thinks ex-Kremlin spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned by Russia | Business Insider

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, is in critical condition after being exposed to a mystery substance. A prominent Putin critic says he believes Skripal was a victim of a Kremlin assassination plot. Bill Browder was deported from Russia after trying to expose corruption in the country. Putin has ordered his arrest. British police have not linked Skripal’s suspected poisoning to the Kremlin, and Russia has denied any knowledge of the matter. Browder said the Kremlin lies about everything.

UK to respond ‘robustly’ if Russia poisoned MI6 double agent

Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia remain in critical condition in Salisbury

U.K. Threatens World Cup Boycott in Russian Spy Poisoning Probe – Bloomberg

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the U.K. will respond “appropriately and robustly” if Moscow is found to be behind the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy in western England.

Britain warns Russia over double agent’s mysterious illness

Britain warned Russia on Tuesday of a robust response if the Kremlin was behind the mysterious illness that struck down a former double agent convicted of betraying dozens of spies to British intelligence.

Former Russian Spy Scandal Suggests the Old Espionage Rules Are Breaking Down (Op-ed)

With Skripal’s hospitalization, a vicious shadow war may be looming. It is still unknown whether Sergei Skripal, a Russian military intelligence officer turned British espionage asset, was poisoned in his new home town of Salisbury. It is hardly surprising, though, that this is the suspicion. It’s also not surprising that Moscow’s hand is being seen in the incident, given not only the murder of defector Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006, but a string of mysterious deaths in recent years. It seems to reflect a breakdown in the old etiquette of espionage, not only foreshadowing an even more vicious “shadow war” to come, but also challenging Western states to come up with new ways to respond to and deter these kinds of outrages. Skripal, a colonel in the GRU military intelligence service, was arrested in Moscow in 2004 and convicted of having been a British spy. He was sentenced to 13 years for high treason, but later swapped for Russian agents and settled in the UK.

Spy swap: A look at the 4 Russians freed in 2010 exchange | Miami Herald

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy who fell critically ill in Britain on Monday after exposure to an “unknown substance”, was one of four people who were swapped for a ring of Russian sleeper agents in the United States in 2010.

Poisoned umbrellas and polonium: Russian-linked UK deaths | World news | The Guardian

Salisbury’s former spy is not the first Russian to fall ill in Britain in mysterious circumstances

All the times Russia allegedly carried out assassinations on British soil | Business Insider

A former Russian spy living in Britain has been hospitalised after being exposed to a mystery substance – sparking suspicions over what or who is to blame. The prime theory is that it was an assassination attempt carried out on the orders of the Russian government. If true, it would not be the first time Russia has conducted assassinations on British soil.

Expert study confirms that man burned in car on British Isles is volunteer Mikus Alps –

Expert study confirms that man burned in car on British Isles is volunteer Mikus Alp. The expert study of DNA samples confirmed that the remains of the burned body found in a car at Guernsey Island in the UK belong to Mikus Alps, a 33-year-old volunteer, as the press service of the local police reported on Facebook. ‘Following forensic examination of the DNA samples retrieved from human remains found in the car near Petit Bot on January 8, we can confirm the identity of the deceased is Mikus Alps’, the message said.As we reported, 33-year-old volunteer Mikus Alps disappeared in the morning of January 8 on the island of Guernsey, which is in the English Channel. The police added that on the morning of January 8, the car was burned on the island. On the driver’s seat law enforcers found, presumably, human remains. However, this information was not confirmed. Mikus Alps is a descendant of Latvia but he lived at Guernsey Island that is situated in the English Channel. Alps passed the second-hand cars to the volunteers of the zone of the armed Donbas Conflict. Also, he had a small car recycling business in Guernsey. According to his Ukrainian friends, the volunteer received many threats.

Scientist Who Helped Connect Litvinenko’s Murder To The Kremlin “Assassinated” In Britain

His nuclear research helped a judge determine that former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko had been assassinated – likely on Putin’s orders. Just months after the verdict, the scientist himself was found stabbed to death with two knives. Police deemed it a suicide, but US intelligence officials suspect it was murder.

Moscow spooks return to Hungary, raising NATO hackles – media | UNIAN

The Hungarian government and security apparatus are regarded as untrustworthy. NATO allies are worried about expanding Russian intelligence operations in Hungary. While Western officials have often criticized the government in Budapest for backsliding on democracy, they’ve tended to praise it for a steadfast commitment to NATO. But officials from allied countries say Russia increasingly sees Hungary as an operational backdoor into Europe, POLITICO reported. “There is tremendous concern that Russia is basically using Hungary as an intel forward operating base in NATO and the EU,” said a former official at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Western officials say Russian intelligence agencies have boosted their presence over the past few years in Hungary, which is a member of Europe’s border-free Schengen zone, to launch a variety of intelligence and sabotage operations in the EU. “Back in 2014-2015 [the Russians] went from maybe 50-100 intelligence officers up to 300 plus” in Hungary, said the former embassy official.

Russia’s Covert Campaign to Inflame East Europe

Far-right and outright fascist movements with links to Moscow are sowing discord among Ukraine and its European Union neighbors.

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Hungary helps Russia break NATO from inside – Ukrainian MP – 12.02.2018 10:00 — Ukrinform News

The head of the permanent delegation of the Verkhovna Rada to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, MP Iryna Friz, has commented on the blocking by Hungary of a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of defense ministers.

As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible – The New York Times

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has remade the country’s political system and pioneered a model of one-party rule. His actions can be seen as part of a broader decline of democracy.

Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian. – Foreign Policy

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.

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