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Another Former Russian Intelligence Officer Poisoned in the UK (21) – @BorisJohnson: “largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever”

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I’m curious what, possibly, Russia has for the UK in response to comparing Russia with Nazi Germany. The comparison is appropriate, in many ways. I have a feeling Russia is lashing out blindly. Flailing is probably a more appropriate description. 

Russia must feel publicly humiliated. All the nations of the world are turning against them, holding them responsible, not accepting Russian blunder, blather, buffoonery, and bluster.

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Large scale expulsions of Russian intel assets operating under diplomatic cover from the US (60), fourteen EU nations, Canada and Ukraine. Russians declaring intent to reciprocate. This follows direct public threats made against SECSTATE Johnson and the UK.

This is consistent with the previous propaganda – some other choice instances today. Also some good observations on the Russian play by Kuhaleyshvili, Liik, Mathers and Ikhlov.

Western expulsions have produced intensive media coverage. A large group of European security analysts “… call upon NATO and EU allies to join our British friends and expel contingents of Russian intelligence officers from their soil”.

UK media concerns about Russian sleepers, and the use of cyber to support lethal attacks. UK initiates campaign to locate and impound Russian assets.

The Latest: Lawmaker says Russia must respond in kind | WTOP

The Kremlin says Russia will likely respond quid pro quo to the expulsions of Russian diplomats by the United States and the European Union nations over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow will proceed from the “principle of reciprocity” while mulling over its response to the decisions made by Washington and EU countries. Peskov said that the Foreign Ministry will analyze the situation and present a proposal to Putin, who will make the ultimate decision on how to respond. Britain has accused Russia of involvement in the March 4 poisoning of former Russian spy Serge Skripal and his daughter who have remained in critical condition, accusations that Moscow has fiercely denied.

Kremlin warns Boris Johnson it has a ‘surprise’ for those who compare Russia to Nazi Germany

The Kremlin has warned Boris Johnson that it has a “surprise” in store for those who have the “impudence” to compare Russia with Nazi Germany. In a veiled warning to the Foreign Secretary, Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry, claimed that the UK is using the Salisbury attack as part of a “black PR” campaign to turn the West against Russia. Describing Mr Johnson’s comparisons between Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin as a “colossal provocation,” Ms Zakharova told Russian reporters that there would be repercussions for Britain. “We have a surprise for all who have the impudence to compare, to draw parallels between Russia and the Third Reich,” she added.

Less than 5% of Russians Believe Moscow Could be Behind Skripal’s Poisoning

State-run polling has shown that less than five percent of surveyed Russians believe Britain’s accusations that Moscow was behind the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month. Former double agent Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, remain in critical condition since having been found unconscious March 4 on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury. The Kremlin has said that London’s accusations “border on banditry” as reports suggest 20 EU member states and the U.S. are considering to expel dozens of Russians over the Skripals’ poisoning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not allow anyone to outstep the red lines of the national interests of the country – Peskov: The international agenda is tense and unfavorable for Russia –

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not allow anyone to outstep the red lines of the national interests of the country, RIA Novosti reports the statement of his press secretary Dmitry Peskov. “The international agenda is rather tense, rather unfavorable for Russia. Putin’s foreign policy – namely, he defines the country’s foreign policy – is consistent, constructive, aimed at building good relations with all states. As the president himself says, politics has so advanced form as far as the states themselves are ready for this, “Peskov said. He added that Putin “will not allow anyone to outstep the red lines of Russia’s national interests.” We recall, on March 15, the United States of America extended sanctions against the Russian Federation. It is noted that the sanctions were extended against 14 private individuals and the company “Internet Research Agency”. In addition, sanctions on five persons and four companies were specified. Sanctions were imposed by the United States and its NATO allies, as well as a number of other countries against the Russian Federation, following the illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by this country and intervention in military operations in eastern Ukraine. In January, the US expanded sanctions against the Russian Federation due to aggression against Ukraine. The EU officially extended for six months restrictive measures against 150 citizens and 38 Russian companies until September 15, 2018.

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Putin «remains absolutely calm» in situation with the UK — Kremlin

Peskov noted that Russia’s concern now is how to cope with this provocation

Russian trolls attempted to manipulate view of Salisbury poisoning

Russian Twitter trolls have been attempting to show that the British public do not believe Vladimir Putin is behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, it has been claimed.

UAWire – Peskov: newly elected Putin is different from the previous one

Vladimir Putin, as the new president of Russia, has a clear vision of the country’s future development and is different from Putin that the voters have been accustomed to see, said Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary of the Russian President, on Sunday, March 25, 2018. “The new Putin is a combination of whom we know and around whom we unite. He understands what we need in the future. His vision is much broader than of an average voter, and therefore he has an overwhelming support. People know that if Putin says where to go and how to go, he does not waste his breathe.” – said Peskov during an interview on the Itogi Nedeli program of the NTV television on Sunday. He also emphasized that Russia’s “internal problems” are priorities for the Russian president. “Putin has repeatedly proved that he is not a populist.” – said Peskov. The election of the Russian president took place on March 18, 2018. According to the final count of votes, Vladimir Putin won the election.

Russian response in ex-spy poisoning row futile


Britain, Russia Waging Fast and Furious Information War

Not a day has gone by without at least one fierce exchange between British and Russian officials — and both governments have turned to social media

Georgiy Kuhaleyshvili | Zakharova’s chemical deadlock and benefits for Ukraine –

Instead of dividing the EU with the help of Skripal’s poisoning issue, Zakharova has helped strengthen the British position concerning the confrontation with Russia. The foreign ministers of the EU member states expressed solidarity with Britain and a desire to bring the perpetrators to justice. Earlier, Britain supported the United States during the UN Security Council meeting on the case of Skripal. The chemical scandal of Russia and Europe is a kind of sobering soul for European politicians who simplify the Russian threat to the security of their countries and are ready to turn a blind eye to the annexation of Crimea and Donbas conflict for the sake of their business interests. This applies to Italian Eurosceptics and populists from “League of the North”, “Forward, Italy”, “Five Star Movement” parties, Austrian ultranationalists from the “Austrian Freedom Party”, German anti-immigrant party “Alternative for Germany”. Russia once again appeared as a state, with which it is very difficult to seek common ground. The new problem point in the relations between Russia and the West meets the interests of Ukraine. Poisoning of Skripal and Zakharova’s demarche create prerequisites for the extension and tightening of the current anti-Russian. It is unlikely that now the political elite of the Czech Republic will lobby for the cancellation or mitigation of anti-Russian sanctions. If the investigation proves that the poisoning of Skrypal is the work of the Russian special services or the individuals sponsored by them, it will be difficult for America and Europe to abstain from imposing new restrictive measures on Russia. The aggression of Russia in Ukraine or Georgia, which are not NATO members, is one thing, and the use of banned chemical weapons on the territory of a member country is quite another matter. Russia could violate the sovereignty of Great Britain. According to the NATO charter, member countries are obliged to provide assistance to the injured party (in this case, the UK). The poisoning of Skrypal creates the basis for the introduction of new collective anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and Europe against the most profitable sectors of the Russian economy. Sanctions will last until Russia reveals information about the Novichok agent, not to mention the return of Crimea to Ukraine and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Donbas.

KADRI LIIK | Putin’s Favorite Tactic Has Finally Backfired – The New York Times

Russia has used ‘plausible deniability’ from Syria to cyberspace. That was before a double agent was poisoned in England.

Jennifer Mathers | Understanding Putin’s foreign policy is not hard | The New European

Understanding Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy is not difficult, says JENNIFER MATHERS. But countering it could be. The poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is seen as just the latest in a long line of audacious foreign policy moves authorised by Moscow since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Since then, we have had the annexation of Crimea, military intervention in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, cyber attacks and the interference in elections in the United States and Europe. But while Russian foreign policy may give the impression of recklessness and unpredictability, Moscow’s words and actions are not the results of random aggression. They fall into distinct patterns. Understanding those patterns can help us interpret and perhaps anticipate Russia’s next moves on the world stage as Putin embarks on his fourth term as president. Much of what we see in Russian foreign policy has a lot in common with a collection of theoretical approaches in the discipline of international relations known as ‘realism’. Russia’s political leaders tend to treat foreign policy as a zero-sum game, where one state can only make gains if others lose. Their assessment of Russia’s place in the world is shaped by very traditional ideas about what makes a state strong, powerful and respected. Possessing a large and well-armed military is high on the list.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putinist Voter Not a ‘Soviet’ but a ‘Weimar Man’, Ikhlov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, March 25 – Russian liberals continue to believe that Putin supporters are “Soviet” people, but that is not the case, Yevgeny Ikhlov says. While they have some Soviet characteristics, they in fact have more in common with Weimar Germans and can be appealed to successfully only if the opposition recognizes that reality. Up to now, there is little evidence that it does, he says. Indeed, if Yabloko theorist Lev Shlosberg’s writings are any guide(e.g.,, the opposition is misreading the Russian electorate and thus trying to reach it with the wrong messages ( Shlosberg views the Putin voter as “Soviet imperialist” and choosing security in place of freedom, Ikhlov says. To be sure, “the Russian electorate is in many ways imperialist.” But voters in the non-Russian republics are hardly likely to have been animated by that. They behaved “precisely as the population of colonies administered despotically.” But what is “most important,” Ikhlov says, is that “’the Putin man’ having many characteristics of ‘the soviet’ nevertheless is not a ‘Soviet’ but a ‘Weimar’ ‘man.’ The Soviet many did not know pluralism and open political struggle. But the ‘Weimar’ (and ‘Mussolini’ and ‘Franco’ men knew and consciously rejected these things.” Fascism, the Russian commentator continues, “is distinguished from Bolshevism precisely by the fact fascism was a weapon for the destruction of a completely developed civil society and institutionalized democracy. It was a revolt against democracy” as such rather than being “anti-conservative” or “anti-liberal” as leftwing revolts have been. “Putinism, while having many aspects of Stalinism (which itself became the uprising of the party masses against late Leninism),” Ikhlov continues, “and while it is in essence ‘market Stalinism,’ nevertheless is that very Russian imperial fascism which people predicted with fear from the end of the 1980s,’ although in a ‘velvet’ form” like that in Latin America. Consequently, he continues, “anti-Putinist propaganda, that is an attack not against Putin but against the entire oprichnik-nomenklatura system must be conducted from an anti-fascist and anti-dictatorial position and not as a continuation of perestroika’s anti-Stalinist and anti-communist one.” The Putin man is not ascetic as some Soviet people were. Instead, he is more like “the German peasant” dreaming of Ukrainian slave girls and a huge estate on the shores of “Mutter-Volga.” He had no interest in sacrificing his personal freedoms for any “’corporate ties’” as he rejected them, “fearing above all that his son would find himself a boyfriend on the Internet.” “Don’t laugh,” Ikhlov says. The Kremlin deployed homophobia as “an ideal propaganda anti-liberal weapon of ‘the pre-Crimea period.’” Moreover, he continues, the Putin man didn’t vote for the president because he had chosen “security instead of freedom.” Instead, he took part in the “election” as Germans did in the 1920s and 1930s and as Russians did before 1953, as a form of manifesting his “personal union” with the leader.


U.S., EU States Expel Dozens Of Russian Diplomats Over Poisoning, Moscow Vows Retaliation

The United States, European Union member states, Ukraine, and Canada have ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England — a move the Kremlin vowed to match with “the principle of reciprocity.”

The US And EU Are Expelling Dozens Of Russian Diplomats In Response To The Poisoning Of A Former Russian Spy In The UK

President Trump’s moves came after Western condemnation of Russia for the poisonings — but a muted response from the US up to this point.

U.S. and EU expel scores of Russian diplomats in response to nerve attack in UK

The United States said on Monday it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, joining governments across Europe in taking action against the Kremlin for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain that they have blamed on Moscow.

US and EU expel scores of Russian diplomats over Skripal attack | UK news | The Guardian

US orders expulsion of 60 officials as 14 EU member states plus Ukraine announce coordinated response to nerve agent poisoning

Russian diplomats are expelled by 14 EU states | Daily Mail Online

The dozens of expulsions from EU states underline Theresa May’s diplomatic coup at last week’s Brussels summit where she scrambled to line up Britain’s allies.

Poland, Germany and Lithuania say they will expel Russian diplomats after ex-spy poisoned | PBS NewsHour

The German foreign ministry said in a statement that the move was part of a joint European response to the Skripal case.

The Latest: Canada says expelling 4 Russian diplomats | Boston Herald

WARSAW, Poland — The Latest on the diplomatic fallout over the nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local):

Germany, other countries, expel Russian diplomats over Skripal poisoning | News | DW | 26.03.2018

The German Foreign Ministry has said that it will dismiss four Moscow diplomats over the alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy. Several western countries have announced similar moves against the Kremlin.

Poland to expel four Russian diplomats – National

Poland is to expel four Russian diplomats as part of a coordinated international response to a suspected nerve agent attack by Moscow on an ex-spy in Britain.

Petro Poroshenko | In response to cynical chemical attack in Salisbury (the United Kingdom) and in the spirit of solidarity with our British partners and transatlantic allies as well as in coordination with the EU Member States Ukraine has decided to expel 13 Russian diplomats

In response to cynical chemical attack in Salisbury (the United Kingdom) and in the spirit of solidarity with our British partners and transatlantic allies as well as in coordination with the EU Member States Ukraine has decided to expel 13 Russian diplomats out of those few who still remain in Ukraine. It is well known that our diplomatic relations have been de-facto frozen. Russia has again reconfirmed its disdainful attitude to the sovereignty of independent states and the value of human life. Ukraine experiences it every day in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea and in the Donbas. Therefore, as never before it is important not to limit the response with symbolic gestures. As the next step we must increase the price for Moscow for committed international crimes, including by strengthening individual, financial and economic sanctions. Our common response to Kremlin should be decisive and tough with a view to preventing new human tragedies and ensuring respect for the norms of the international law.

Ukraine expels 13 Russian diplomats over Skripal poisoning – Poroshenko | UNIAN

The president says Russia has again reconfirmed its disdainful attitude to the sovereignty of independent states and the value of human life. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stated that Ukraine expels 13 Russian diplomats due to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury (UK).

AFP: Ukraine to expel 13 Russian diplomats over spy case

AFP: Ukraine to expel 13 Russian diplomats over spy casePicture: AFP Kiev. Ukraine is to expel 13 Russian diplomats as part of a coordinated effort by European nations and the US to punish Russia over an attack on a former Russian spy in England, President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday, AFP reported. “In response to a cynical chemical attack in Salisbury, Ukraine, in the spirit of solidarity with our British partners and transatlantic allies and in coordination with EU countries, decided to expel 13 Russian diplomats from the few that remain (in Kiev),” Poroshenko posted on his Facebook page.

Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence officials from US

President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence officers from the U.S., senior administration officials announced Monday, in retaliation for Moscow’s use of chemical weapons against a former Russian spy in the U.K. this month.

Trump expels 60 Russian intelligence officers – POLITICO

The U.S. will also close the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the nerve agent attack on a former spy.

US Kicks out 60 Russian Diplomats Over Spy Poisoning Case |

US Kicks out 60 Russian Diplomats Over Spy Poisoning Case

Trump Orders Expulsion of 60 Russians Over Poison Attack in Britain – The New York Times

The expulsion order included 12 people identified as Russian intelligence officers station at the United Nations. The Russian consulate in Seattle also must close.

Trump Orders Expulsion of 60 Russians Over Poison Attack in Britain – The New York Times

The expulsion order included 12 people identified as Russian intelligence officers station at the United Nations. The Russian consulate in Seattle also must close.

U.S. Expels 60 Russian Officials, Closes Consulate In Seattle : The Two-Way : NPR

The move follows the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K. earlier this month. The Russians have been given seven days to leave the country.

U.S. to expel 60 Russian diplomats as punishment for poison attack in Britain

The Trump administration is expelling 60 Russian diplomats and ordering the closure of Moscow’s consulate in Seattle, the last Russian diplomatic outpost on the West Coast. The moves, coordinated with U.S. allies in Europe, are designed to punish Russia for the poison attack in Britain.

Trump Expels 60 Russian Diplomats for U.K. Attack – Bloomberg

President Donald Trump ordered 60 Russian diplomats the U.S. considers spies to leave the country in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle, as European allies and Canada took similar measures.

Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, closure of Seattle consulate – CBS News

Administration announces move as retaliation for Moscow's role in the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain

Trump expelling 60 Russian diplomats in wake of UK nerve agent attack – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats the US identified as intelligence agents and the closure of a Russian consulate in Seattle in response to Russia’s alleged use of a nerve agent in the United Kingdom.

Trump to expel dozens of Russians over UK poisoning | TheHill

The Trump administration announced Monday it will expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the United States in retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom.

Russian ambassadors ‘summoned by EU neighbours’ – BBC News

The moves come amid reports of imminent diplomatic expulsions over the nerve agent attack in the UK.

Michelle Kosinski on Twitter: “Source: Expecting a coordinated annoucement between US and multiple European countries tomorrow, expelling Russian diplos in droves. A “significant number” likely getting the boot.”


Russian ambassadors to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia mysteriously summoned to foreign ministries amid diplomatic spat | The Independent

The Russian ambassadors to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have been summoned to the foreign ministries of those countries, according to Russian media. The RIA news agency cited a spokesman for the Russian embassy to Poland, and a representative of the embassy in Lithuania. TASS referred to unnamed diplomatic sources. The agencies did not give a reason for the summoning.

U.S., number of EU states to announce expulsion of Russian diplomats | UNIAN

Britain has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high level diplomatic contacts with Russia.

At Least 10 European Countries Will Take Action: Russia Update – Bloomberg

In the U.S. and across the European Union, a number of Russia diplomats are likely to be expelled in a coordinated response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K.

EU countries recall ambassadors from Russia: reports | News | Al Jazeera

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia recall ambassadors from Moscow as the EU is expected to expel more Russian diplomats.

Russia Ambassadors Reportedly Summoned In Poland, Baltics

The Russian ambassadors to Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been summoned to meetings at those countries’ foreign ministries, Russian news agencies report.

Trump Reportedly Close To Expelling Russian Diplomats Over Skripal Poisoning

U.S. President Donald Trump could be on the verge of expelling at least 20 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a Russian former spy in Britain, U.S. and international media are report…

Trump reportedly considers expelling Russian diplomats over UK poison attack

President Donald Trump is considering the expulsion of some Russian diplomats in the United States in solidarity with Britain.

British Defense Chief Says Countries United Over Ex-Spy’s Poisoning

Britain’s defense chief says that many countries are united behind Britain over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter and are pushing back against Russian efforts to divide the West.

Western powers respond to toxic gas attack – The Signal

By James Wright Staff Writer Leaders of the U.S., U.K., France and Germany signed a statement on March 15 that condemned Russia’s use of a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil, leaving them both hospitalized in critical condition, according to The New York Post.

Open call by Western security experts: Allies should join the UK and expel undeclared contingents of Russian intelligence officers. – European Values Think-Tank

The Russian Federation’s international aggression under Vladimir Putin’s leadership is unprecedented in the post-Cold War era. Russia’s recent track record includes the invasion of neighboring countries, massive bombings and killings of civilians, repeated violations of international borders, kidnapping of foreign citizens, highly belligerent disinformation campaigns, harassment of foreign diplomats, extensive cyber-attacks, and the first annexation of foreign territory by force in Europe since World War II. With the ‘Salisbury poisoning’, the Kremlin has added yet another tool to its list of hostile tactics against Western democracies, which the UK government has declared an “unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom”. Russia’s use of a military-grade nerve agent in an attempted assassination on UK soil has been condemned by NATO allies as “the first offensive use of a nerve agent on Alliance territory since NATO’s foundation”. In reprisal for the incident, the British government has enacted new measures against the Russian Federation, including the expulsion of 23 “undeclared intelligence officers”. Given the trajectory of Russian hostile activity and this repugnant offense against a NATO member state, we call upon NATO and EU allies to join our British friends and expel contingents of Russian intelligence officers from their soil.

Open call by Western security experts: Allies should join the UK and expel undeclared contingents of Russian intelligence officers. – To Inform is to Influence

“The straw that broke the camel’s back”.  They are of course not going far enough, the influence networks and organised crime networks need to be rooted out as well. Russia has such a history of breaking all the rules, intimidating most neighboring countries, and operating in areas just short of illegal – which are clearly…

International security experts call on NATO, EU member states to expel Russian diplomats | UNIAN

With the “Salisbury poisoning”, the Kremlin has added yet another tool to its list of hostile tactics against Western democracies, the experts stress.

Vladimir Putin’s elite sleeper cell spies ‘ready to launch strikes on his enemies in Britain’

Vladimir Putin has a band of sleeper cell spies in deep cover who are ready to strike in Britain, intelligence officials believe

Russia could use robots to poison food for ‘untraceable’ AI assassinations in ‘chilling new Cold War’

Technology that hacks into a meal ordering system before tampering with the food could become a weapon of a Cold War future, says top computer science professor

Russia to hit Britain ‘untraceable AI assassinations’ over spy row | Daily Star

RUSSIA is poised to carry out future attacks on state exiles using untraceable artificial intelligence, a top expert has warned.


Putin and May’s perfect storm – International – World – Ahram Online

The current standoff between Russia and the UK plays in the hands of their two leaders

Salisbury attack: Police hunt secret lover of Sergei Skripal | Daily Star

THE SECRET lover of Sergei Skripal was being hunted by police last night.

London starts to arrest Russian capital | Vestnik Kavkaza

The United Kingdom intends to take action against Russian capital of dubious origin, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said. According to Williamson, there are already warrants for the arrest of Russian finances of doubtful origin, for which a new law has recently begun to operate in the UK. The British goal is to ensure that any property attained by unknown means is registered, and for this, the necessary steps are being taken. He promised that the government in the coming weeks and months would work very diligently and that these problems would be solved. In his view, the goal of the Russian president is to “split the UK and its allies, but Estonia and many other states have shown that this is impossible,” Sputnik reported. Known as unexplained wealth orders, the new investigative powers allow British law enforcement to demand that any person holding property or assets worth more than £50,000 ($71,000) in the UK explain the origin of their wealth. After the High Court issues an order, the respondent is required to explain the extent of their interest in the specified property and how it was obtained – shifting the burden of proof from investigators to suspects. A failure to comply can spark attempts to seize it under civil proceedings, on the assumption it has been obtained through unlawful conduct. Providing false or misleading information in response can also be punished with up to two years’ imprisonment.

Expat Russians fear cold front in “Londongrad” – FT | UNIAN

Rich settlers, bankers and property developers all left exposed to fallout from Skripal case.. On the same day that PM Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats in anger at the Kremlin, bankers in the City were busy filling order books for billions of dollars of Russian bond deals. Just hours after May’s retaliation for the poisoning of a Russian double agent living in Salisbury, Gazprom issued a $750 million Eurobond in London. The next day, the Russian government issued a $4 billion bond in London, according to the Financial Times. Some are convinced the crisis will blow over; the business involved is simply too lucrative for all parties. Last year was a near-record for Russian bond issuance in London, in spite of sanctions imposed after the 2014 annexation of Crimea. There are now 57 predominantly Russian companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, more than anywhere else outside Moscow. Russian money has made inroads at Westminster, with the most recent example being Oleg Deripaska. An oligarch close to Vladimir Putin who has had difficulties in the past securing a U.S. visa, Mr Deripaska hired the former Conservative energy minister Greg Barker and the firm run by Labour grandee Peter Mandelson to work for his EN+ energy company.

MPs To Probe Putin’s Offshore Wealth In Response To Suspicious Deaths Exposed By BuzzFeed News

Parliament’s foreign affairs select committee is launching an inquiry in response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the pattern of Russian-linked deaths on British soil exposed by BuzzFeed News.

Investors are not frozen out in Russia, but it carries risks | City A.M.

Salisbury has a connection with Russia that goes back much further than the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.