Sergei Skripal worked for Russian military intelligence. He acted as a double agent for UK. In 2006, Russian authorities convicted Skripal of treason. After his release in 2010, he settled in the UK, where he was poisoned in 2018.
Ever since the suspected poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on British soil, for which the Kremlin has been duly blamed, the recovering pair has not been seen. Russia says the Skripals are being held against their will.
A German report claiming that the country’s BND spy agency secured a sample of the nerve agent Novichok from a Russian scientist in the 1990s “sounds plausible,” according to ex-German intelligence officer, Rainer Rupp.
Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal is still being questioned in hospital by detectives about meetings with his alleged former MI6 handler and his trips to London, ten weeks after being poisoned by a nerve agent, reports Sky News.
The niece of ex-spy Sergei Skripal has had her visa request to Britain refused for a second time. The Russian national was hoping to visit her relatives, Sergei and Yulia Skripal both of whom were poisoned with a nerve agent.
Many Russian companies are now registering products under the ‘Novichok’ trademark – the chemical the UK says poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. From sunflower oil to detergents, ‘Novichok’ is the new black.