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After a disastrous week the Russian campaign has shifted to the trivial, badgering the UK with complaints and demands concerning the pets and the UK rejection of a visa for the cousin who evidently acted as a proxy for the Russian propagandists. Of course, Russia’s propagandists will try something new next week, like the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda they strive so hard to emulate, they have an inexhaustible supply of nonsensical ideas. As Pomerantsev so aptly observed: Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible.

Castro–Turner sanctions bill drafted, to punish Russia for the poison attack on the UK. Guardian in the UK briefed by a Russian expat on the reports covering the suspected 1995 Novichok poisoning of a Russian financier.

UK media reporting that Col Skripal is awake and talking. Much speculation on what he might tell UK investigators – he has no cause now for any restraint especially given the attack on his remaining child.

No doubt an interesting week ahead as the Russians mobilize their numerous proxies in the West to attempt to exploit the mess they created.

Moscow wants British explanations over Skripal’s niece visa refusal, Government & Economy – THE BUSINESS TIMES
: THE BUSINESS TIMES Government & Economy – [MOSCOW] Moscow wants explanations regarding Britain’s refusal to issue a visa to the niece of poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Friday.. Read more at The Business Times.
Russia puts pets at centre of spy row – YouTube
FRANCE 24 English Published on Apr 6, 2018 Subscribe to France 24 now: FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 The investigation into the attempted poisoning of a former Russian spy have taken an unexpected turn. Russia demanded information about the pets kept at Sergei Skripal’s home, only to discover they had perished. It’s adding fuel to the conspiracy theories. Plus, the Syrian exile keeping memories of her hometown, Raqqa, alive through social media.
Russia is weirdly obsessed with Sergei Skripal’s dead cat | Business Insider
Russia has some questions about poisoned spy Sergei Skripal’s dead cat. The cat and two guinea pig, have died after Skripal was poisoned with nerve agent in Salisbury, England. Russia’s embassy in London is demanding answers on whether the pets were also poisoned. The statements are part of a broader pattern of trying to sow doubt and confusion about Britain’s investigation.
Russia implies UK destroyed poisoned spy Sergei Skripal’s cat and guinea pigs to ‘remove important witnesses’ | The Independent
Russia is demanding an explanation for the death of Sergei Skripal’s cat and two guinea pigs after they were left in his sealed-off house. The animals were “important evidence” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, adding that they had been destroyed by British authorities, 
Sergei Skripal’s dead cat and guinea pigs were ‘important witnesses’ | News | The Times
Russia has protested that two guinea pigs and a cat, which died in Sergei Skripal’s home, could have been “important witnesses”. Maria Zakharova, chief spokeswoman of the foreign ministry, wrote on Facebook yesterday: “These really were ‘important witnesses’ as we’re talking about a poisonous chemica
Russia Claims A Poisoned Spy’s Dead Cat And Guinea Pigs Hold Clues To British Conspiracy
As the world blames it for a poison attack on British soil, the Russian government has launched what critics call a campaign of misdirection.
Russia Cries Conspiracy Over Poisoned Spy’s Dead Pets
Russian officials wants to know why the carcasses of two guinea pigs and a cat were discarded so quickly.
Poisoned Russian’s spy’s daughter Yulia Skripal ‘had phone taken away as she spoke to cousin from hospital bed’ – Mirror Online
Yulia Skripal’s cousin Viktoria says she spoke to the 33-year-old by phone after she emerged from a coma
Russia demands meeting with UK foreign secretary over ex-spy poisoning | TheHill
Russia says that it wants to meet with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal last month, which spurred heightened diplomatic tensions between Moscow and the West. The Russian embassy in London said in a statement Saturday it was “high time” for a meeting between Johnson and Russia’s ambassador to the U.K., Alexander Yakovenko, saying its interactions with the Foreign Secretary Office have been “utterly unsatisfactory.” The Foreign Secretary Office said it will provide a response “in due course,” The Associated Press reported.
Spy poisoning: Russia’s envoy asks to meet UK foreign secretary over nerve agent attack – CNN
Russia’s ambassador to the UK has requested a meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson amid tensions over the investigation into a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in England.
Russian Embassy Seeks Boris Johnson Meeting Over Spy Case | World News | US News
LONDON (AP) — Russia’s embassy in London says it wants a meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
Russia Denies Report Nerve Agent Used Against Ex-Spy Came From Volga Lab
Russian officials are denying a British newspaper report that the nerve agent used against a former Russian spy in England came from a closed military facility on the Volga River.
Russia issues fake news warning to tourists — claiming ‘UK is risky’ for travellers
OFFICIAL guidance warns Russians to expect harassment, interrogations, property seizures and even passport thefts. Spiralling diplomatic clashes over the Salisbury spy poisoning have sparked unprecedented slurs in travel advice.
Deny, divert and distract: Russia’s denials over spy poisoning claims have a familiar ring
Since the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury last month the Russian government’s denials of any involvement have become more and more elaborate.
This Is Why Russia Has Over 20 Explanations For The Skripal Poisoning
‘A rich buffet of nonsense.’
Figure of the Week: 20 | EU vs DISINFORMATION
As British investigators probe the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, international consensus continues to grow that Moscow was behind the attempted assassination. EU Heads of State and Government have voiced their support for the United Kingdom in its standoff with Russia, with European Council President Donald Tusk saying the Council “agrees with UK government that highly likely Russia is responsible for Salisbury attack and that there is no other plausible explanation.” Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain in critical condition in Salisbury, southwest England, and one police officer is recovering in hospital. More than 130 people may have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. In Russia, by contrast, fingers are pointing in all directions but the Kremlin. Two dozen different narratives surrounding the Skripal case have appeared in the Russian media so far, prompting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to accuse Moscow of seeking to “conceal the needle of truth in a haystack of lies.” Here are 20 different narratives offered by Russian media and officials for the poisoning:
Skripal affair exposes growing chasm between Russia and the West
Just when one thought that relations between Russia and the West could not get any worse, the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer, turned British spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury  last month sent another Siberian chill through the already frigid atmosphere between them. And finding an antidote for the poisoned…
Further down the spiral: Russia and the West after Putin’s re-“election”
What might Putin’s fourth term hold in store for Russia, its neighbors, and its relationship with the West? There is “a lot to think about, to repair, and to renovate,” noted Strobe Talbott, distinguished fellow in residence in Foreign Policy at Brookings, in an April 4 discussion.

Lawmakers propose new Russia sanctions over UK spy attack | TheHill
Two members of the House Intelligence Committee have rolled out new sanctions legislation.
U.S. lawmakers propose new Russia sanctions over UK spy attack – media | UNIAN
A bipartisan duo of House lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill that seeks to punish Russia for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom. The Castro–Turner legislation states the president would have the power to decide who to levy the sanctions against.
Skripal’s case: U.S. introduces bill on sanctions against Russia –
Skripal’s case: U.S. introduces bill on sanctions against Russia
Why Russia keeps laughing at the world – CNN
Throwing insults and bizarre accusations has become a normal way for Russia to respond when its own appalling behavior comes to light.
British Leaders Forced to Defend Charge of Russian Hand in Poisoning
Disquiet among some of Britain’s European allies and in the House of Commons at British handling of the PR battle between London and Moscow
TODAYonline | Plausible that Russia still makes Novichok, Germany says
BERLIN – Germany finds Britain’s assertions that Russia has a continuing program of developing Novichok nerve toxins “very plausible,” a government spokeswoman told a regular news conference on Friday. Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer declined to comment on whether Germany had similar intelligence relating to the toxin, allegedly used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain last month. She added that alleged Russian involvement in the poison attack fitted into a pattern of Russian activities over recent years, including military invasions and attacks on former spies in other countries. REUTERS
UK and US given case file on ‘nerve agent made in Russian lab’ | World news | The Guardian
Papers may shed light on Russia’s production of chemical used in Salisbury spy poisoning
Sergei and Yulia Skripal recovering as UK row with Russia intensifies | UK news | The Guardian
Ex-spy’s improving condition raises prospect he will be able to give vital clues to poison attack
What will happen now Sergei Skripal is no longer critically ill? | UK news | The Guardian
With both Skripals’ health now stabilising, they may soon be able to help with investigation
Skripals to reveal key clues on poisoning after making rapid recovery | The Independent
The secrets of what lay behind the first nerve agent attack in Europe since the Second World War are likely to be revealed with Sergei and Yulia Skripal expected to speak to investigators in the coming days after making a remarkable recovery.
Leader comment: A former Russian spy with a vital story to tell – The Scotsman
Sergei Skripal could have vital evidence about who tried to kill him – or, at least, an informed opinion.
Trump Escalates Pressure on Russia as West Rallies Against Putin – Bloomberg
President Donald Trump is ramping up the economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia after more than a year of bipartisan criticism that he hasn’t done enough to confront Moscow over meddling in the 2016 election.
Sergei Skripal being out of a critical condition doesn’t get Moscow off the hook | Coffee House
The latest news from the Salisbury attack is that Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and that his daughter Yulia is now talking and will…
Not your parents’ Russia | The Lawrentian
John Ivison: World Cup boycott would send a stronger message to Russia than expelling diplomats | National Post
That Putin has not been chased from power is in part because of the craven response by the West to atrocities like the incursion of Russian forces into eastern Ukraine

LIVE: Hospital update over Skripal poisoning
Sergei and Yulia Skripal after no longer in critical condition as they continue recovering from the Salisbury poisoning.
Yulia Skripal Says Strength ‘Growing Daily,’ Doesn’t Reply To Russian Embassy Offer
London’s Metropolitan Police Service has issued a statement on behalf of Yulia Skripal, who fell ill last month in Britain after exposure to a nerve agent, quoting her as saying her strength “is growing daily” and that the entire incident has been “somewhat disorientating.”
Russian spy poisoning: Sergei Skripal ‘improving rapidly’ – BBC News
Russian Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition, doctors say, after nerve agent poisoning.
Ex-Russian Spy Sergei Skripal No Longer in Critical Condition, Doctors Say
First good news on Yulia Skripal ; now an optimistic outlook for her dad. Doctors at the UK hospital where Sergei Skripal has been convalescing since his March 4 poisoning report the 66-year-old ex-Russian… World News Summaries. | Newser
Poisoned Russian agent Sergei Skripal recovering rapidly, hospital says
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and his health is improving rapidly, more than a month after he was poisoned with a nerve agent in England, the hospital treating him said on Friday.
Sergei Skripal Is ‘Improving Rapidly’ — But His Cat And Guinea Pigs Are Dead : The Two-Way : NPR
Even as the Russian ex-spy and his daughter Yulia recover from poisoning, the international dispute it caused has developed a peculiar new front: the Skripals’ pets.
Sergei Skripal, poisoned Russian ex-spy, improving but pets dead
Christine Blanshard, Salisbury District Hospital’s medical director, said Skripal is “improving rapidly.”
Poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal no longer in critical condition – NY Daily News
The Skripals’ two guinea pigs and a cat were also victims of the poisoning, the British government said.
Poisoned Russian Spy ‘Improving Rapidly’ But His Pets Are Now Dead
Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy living in the UK, is “improving rapidly” after being poisoned by a nerve agent, according to the latest report by his doctors. But Skripal’s pets aren’t quite as lucky. British authorities say that once a vet was able to visit Skripal’s sealed off home, two guinea pigs were found dead and the family’s cat was euthanized.
Sergei Skripal: Former Russian spy ‘no longer critical’ – CNN
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is “improving rapidly” and is “no longer in a critical condition” following a nerve agent attack in Salisbury last month.
The curious case of Yulia Skripal′s recorded phone call | News | DW | 06.04.2018
Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the poisoned double agent Sergei Skripal, allegedly called her cousin in Russia to tell her “everyone was recovering.” Yulia had been found with her father and had spent weeks in a coma.
Officials refuse to grant Yulia Skripal’s cousin UK visa over Russia pawn fears
The move plunged diplomatic relations further into the deep freeze since spy poisoning. A Government source said: ‘If she is being influenced or coerced by the Kremlin it makes her another victim.’
Sergei Skripal’s Niece Denied Visa to Come to Britain | World News | US News
LONDON (Reuters) – The niece of poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been denied a visa to come to Britain, the UK Home Office (interior ministry) said on Friday. Viktoria Skripal had planned to travel to Britain to take Sergei’s daughter Yulia back to Russia. Sergei and Yulia are being treated in an English hospital after being found unconscious on March 4 after an attack with nerve agent, but both are recovering and are no longer in critical condition. “We have refused a visitor visa application from Viktoria Skripal on the grounds that her application did not comply with the Immigration Rules,” a Home Office spokesman said. (Reporting by Alistair Smout and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison) Copyright 2018 Thomson Reuters.
Sergei Skripal’s niece REFUSED visa for Britain amid fears she was being ‘coached’ by Moscow – Mirror Online
The poisoned Russia’s cousin will not be allowed to visit Britain after it was reported that she was deliberately being coached by Moscow to discredit Yulia.
The Latest: UK rejects visa for poisoned spy’s niece | The News Tribune
Britain’s Home Office says it has rejected a visa application for the niece of a former Russian spy poisoned by a nerve agent in the southwestern city of Salisbury.
Poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal’s niece denied visa to come to UK | Daily Mail Online
Viktoria Skripal had planned to travel to Britain to take Sergei’s daughter Yulia back to Russia but the Home Office rejected her application for a visa, prompting the Russia to demand an explanation.
Russian spy’s cat and guinea pigs are dead, UK says – CNN
Two guinea pigs and a cat belonging to former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, poisoned in a nerve agent attack in the UK last month, have died, British authorities have said.
Spy attack: Salisbury recovery effort will take until summer 2019 | UK news | The Guardian
Official leading effort says city had 2,000 fewer visitors a day after attack, but is confident bookings will recover next year