Poisoning of Sergei Skripal

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Hazmat team in Salisbury near the bench where Sergei Skripal was found unconscious.
Sergei Skripal was recruited by Pablo Miller to spy for the UK. Skripal lived next to Miller in Salisbury. Miller worked for Christopher Steele's company Orbis, in addition to doing part-time work for the UK Foreign Office. It is speculated that Miller was involved in creating the Steele dossier on Trump. If so, it is possible that Skripal was one of the sources.
@FT is trying to convince British public that MI6 agent Skripal actively worked for the Russian intelligence, that’s why he was dangerous for Russia. Little doubt the investigation will be classified.
-- Russian Embassy, UK
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Who is Sergei Skripal?

Connection to Pablo Miller and Christopher Steele

'Regularly meeting officers at the Russian Embassy'?

  • Vitaly Morozov, who knows Skripal', tells that Skripal' regularly met with officers at the Russian Embassy, finds it very strange; video -MSN, March 8, 2018; text-Mirror, March 7, 2018
    “If you have a military intelligence officer working in the Russian diplomatic service, living after retirement in the UK, working in cyber-security and every month going to the embassy to meet military intelligence officers - for me being political refugee, it is either a certain danger or frankly speaking, I thought that this contact might not be very good for me because it can bring some questions from British officials.” (Noted: detail on meeting officers is unusual and outside a normal conversation; Morozov does not explain how this detail came about; if Skripal' volunteered to provide this detail, it would be quite natural to wish to stay away from such person).
  • Fellow Russian exile claims poisoned spy Sergei Skripal was NOT retired and was still working with military intelligence - Mirror, March 7, 2018
    The Russian Embassy told the programme: “We are not aware of any contacts between Sergei Skripal and any of the Embassy staff. "As we have previously said, Mr Skripal was not on the consular register.” (Noted: whether or not he was on register is irrelevant).
  • Spook Soup - Ronald Thomas West, March 10, 2018

The attack

Doctors see no sign of a nerve agent being used.


  • A man describes condition of the victims when he found them -video -Guardian News, March 8, 2018
  • Sergei Skripal’s doctor tells of fight to keep poisoned Russian spy’s daughter Yulia alive as nerve agent took hold - The Sun, March 9, 2018
    Includes BBC video of witness.
  • George Galloway Delivers Unforgettable Opener On Sergei Skripal Poisoning - talkRADIO, March 9, 2018
    “Only someone with access to Colonel Skripal's home could have poisoned the people in the house"
  • Niece of Skripal told about his daughter's enemies -Vzgliad, March 14, 2018' The Sun, March 15, 2018
    Victoria Skripal, niece of the former GRU Colonel GRU Sergey Skripal believes that the attempt could have been committed not against him, but against his daughter, who was going to get married. The groom's mother was against the wedding. "Mom is a high-ranking employee of one of the structures. Julia for her is the traitor's daughter, "she said. Victoria Skripal also recalled that "one of the agencies said that he (Skripal) allegedly complained to the police about a surveillance." "Two weeks ago, he supposedly thought that he was being watched. I do not know, we do not have such information. Everything was quiet and calm. If there was something like that, he would have definitely told us."


Early reports that made it to CNN spoke of the opioid Fentanyl as a cause of poisoning. These reports go back to the Salisbury Journal which has reported at least four times that they were told by "emergency services" that this drug could have been involved. A month earlier, the Journal reported about a prominent case of someone selling the substance on the "darkweb" and was send to prison for eight years over it.



See also talk

  • Нервно-паралитические отравляющие вещества - Russian Wikipedia
    According to unconfirmed officially sources (Lev Fyodorov, Vil Mirzayanov) in the 1970s the work on the creation of a series of third generation nerve agents under the general designation "Novice" began in the USSR. According to Mirzayanov, this work continued, at least until the 90-s inclusive. There is no reliable information on the structure and properties of these substances.
  • Novichok agent - Wikipedia
    One of the key manufacturing sites was the Soviet State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) in Nukus, Uzbekistan. Small, experimental batches of the weapons may have been tested on the nearby Ustyurt plateau. It may also have been tested in a research centre in Krasnoarmeysk near Moscow. Since its independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has been working with the government of the United States to dismantle and decontaminate the sites where the Novichok agents and other chemical weapons were tested and developed.
  • Novichok agent - Alchetron
  • Novichok – toxic questions about chemical at center of Skripal saga - RT, March 13, 2018
    Mirzayanov, who defected to the US several years later, reacted to the British prime minister’s accusations in a notable post on Facebook. “[May] said that ‘Novichok’ has been used in the assassination attempt on Skripal,” Mirzayanov wrote. “Its chemical formula has been published only in my book,” he said.
    His book, which allegedly contains the top-secret formula of the deadly nerve agent, is titled ‘State Secrets: An Insider's Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program.’ Its paperback edition is available on Amazon and sells for just $30. If the formula is genuine, this is probably the first time a whistleblower has provided free access to a method of producing the highly poisonous weapon.
  • Doubts about “Novichoks” - Paul McKeigue and Piers Robinson, Working Group on Syria, Media and Propaganda, March 14, 2018
  • Bothered By Midgies - Craig Murray, March 15, 2018
    Structure which his opponent highlights in A-232, and shared by A-234, A-262, is essentially the one of tabun fluoride; tabun is German WW2 era. (I do not think opponent's rightmost N connects to the other N as in Mirzayanov; so have that right N dropped, then comment applies).--Resup (talk) 05:26, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
  • UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable sources of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow - RT, March 17, 2018


  • "Chemical Weapons Disarmament in Russia: Problems and Prospects; Dismantling the Soviet/Russian Chemical Weapons Complex: An Insider's View" (PDF). Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, D.C. 17 October 1995
    p. 28 He worked in GNIIOKhT for 28 years, starting from monitoring air, water, emissions quality. His final position, chief of department of countering foreign technical intelligence
  • From his interview to BBC, March 16, 2018
    VM: I want to say right away that I'm not a synthetic chemist (a specialist who is engaged in chemical synthesis - the BBC). I am not a creator, I am a participant in the creation of this weapon. And it was created by Pyotr Kirpichev, my good friend, with his group in our branch in Shihany (branch of the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology (GNIIOKhT) Shihany in the Saratov Region- BBC). And then, when this substance was synthesized, tests began. And in these tests my graduate students participated, and then myself. At the very end of the trial, the tests were held at the GNIIOKhT in Moscow, I was responsible for all these analyzes, my signature was final. So I participated.
  • Вил Мирзаянов: "Новичок" можно синтезировать или украсть, но применить его смогут немногие (Vil Mirzayanov: "Novichok" can be synthesized or stolen, but few can use it) - BBC, March 16, 2018
    BBC: You know the capabilities of your colleagues around the world in your field. Where, in your opinion, could the "Novichok" be synthesized?
    VM: Here in the States.
    BBC: Where exactly, do you think?
    VM: Well, there are several of these centers. Say, in Edgewall (Delaware) could do this, why not. There are very qualified chemists. It's easy.
    Moreover, information about the fundamental difference between the well-known "Novichok" in the skeleton of this formula has leaked out. (Unclear what exactly he means; in Rus. it is "Тем более, просочились сведения о принципиальной разнице между известным "Новичком" в скелете этой формулы.") And then, before me - even before my arrival - not less than five people from GNIIOKHT who knew these secrets came. I never said and will not say that they gave them away. But the probability is always there, so what is it about. They, Americans, also care about their defense, about weapons. About prestige.
    Where else? In China, of course. There are very strong chemists

Ukrainian chemical weapons?

Botulinum toxin

Did this risotto pesce at the Zizzi restaurant cause the poisoning?
See Botulism and Botulinum toxin on Wikipedia.
  • How the 'poisoned' spy plot unfolded in Salisbury - Daily Mail, March 6, 2018
    They ordered from the menu, choosing the 600 calorie risotto pesce with king prawns, mussels and squid rings in a tomato, chilli and white wine sauce. But within minutes Mr Skripal had become angry, a witness said.
    • Symptoms usually appear 12–36 hours after eating, but can also appear within 2 hours to 10 days.
    • Botulinum inhibits the release within the nervous system of acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter.
    • While nerve agents inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which is responsible for the breakdown of acetylcholine (ACh) in the synapse. Muscles are prevented from relaxing and are effectively paralyzed. This includes the heart and the muscles used for breathing. Because of this, the first symptoms usually appear within seconds of exposure.


See Tetrodotoxin on Wikipedia

Location of attack?

No one seems to know where, when and how the alleged attack happened. Teresa May claims that the agent has been identified, my the investigators still do not have a sample of the agent. If they had identified the location of the attack or the container used to tranport the agent, they would most likely have a sample.

Tracking movement

  • Had he already been poisoned? Chilling CCTV shows Sergei Skripal driving car 'that was laced with nerve agent' shortly before he collapsed as police bid to solve mystery of missing 40 minutes -Daily Mail, March 15, 2018 (timed map inside).
    Police know Sergei Skripal parked on the first floor of Sainsbury's car park at 1.40pm. He and his daughter Yulia visited The Mill pub before arriving at Zizzi at 2.20pm, dining, and leaving at 3.35pm. They were potentially picked up on CCTV on Market Walk at 3.47pm before being found slumped on a bench at 4.15pm. The new footage shows Skripal driving past the Devizes Inn, which is equidistant from Sainsbury's to his home in Christie Miller Road, though it is not known where he had driven from nor when he was poisoned



Porton Down

See also Porton Down investigates Syria

Putin did it!

... not

  • Луговой прокомментировал сообщения об отравлении Скрипаля в Великобритании (Lugovoy commented on reports about the poisoning of Scripal in the UK)-Interfax, March 6, 2018. Not the most favorite source in the world but similar to Business Insider, above
    There are certain unwritten rules between the special services, mostly observed. Skripal was convicted of state treason, but in 2010 he was pardoned by the Russian president and extradited to Britain in exchange for our allegedly exposed agents. So, there were corresponding agreements between the special services. Pursue the already pardoned - absurdity
  • A Russian expat Valery Morozov (on a video embedded in this BBC report, 9 March, 2018) believes that those were 'criminals' targeting both Skripal' and Putin; '...there is a rule in modern Russia, the Putin's Russia, you can have any conflict, (but) children are not involved...'(another unwritten rule broken here);... 'they know that whatever happens to any Russian dissident or migrant everybody will blame Putin, and this provides a cover to those criminals'. More from Morozov 1, 2.
  • 'Special opinion' with Leonid Radzikhvsky -Echo Moskvy, March 9, 2018.
    Radzhikovsky argues that neither Russian state, nor Russian opponents of it or roque elements are behind the poisoning. For the Russian state, low threat level (not done earlier e.g. when he was in prison, allowing to leave, pardon issued by Putin); wrong timing (prior to elections, football championship, when projecting positive image is much more important than say revenge); involving/endangering daughter, which goes against unwritten rules, although she was just about to leave. As for opposition or rogue elements, nobody of right calibre, with enough motivation and accomplishment and resources to do it; the last suitable person like that was Boris Berezovky. Radzhkovsky is a liberal journalist, and a PhD in psychology.
  • Sergei Skripal: Former double agent may have been poisoned with nerve agent over 'freelance' spying, sources say - The Independent, March 9, 2018
    The Russian double agent poisoned in Salisbury may have become a target after using his contacts in the intelligence community to work for private security firms, investigators believe. Sergei Skripal could have come to the attention of certain people in Russia by attempting to “freelance” for companies run by former MI5, MI6 and GCHQ spies, security sources say.
  • UK intelligence may be complicit in Skripal’s poisoning – ex-FSB head - RT, March 13, 2018
  • Russia: Theresa May's comments on Salisbury spy a 'circus show' -Sky News, March 13, 2019
    Alexander Nekrasoff said it [Novichok] was "possessed by about 16 countries in their laboratories". "Why do I know this?" he added. "Because that's how the antidote is developed."
  • The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam - Craig Murray, March 14, 2018
    In recent years, there has been much speculation that a fourth generation of nerve agents, ‘Novichoks’ (newcomer), was developed in Russia, beginning in the 1970s as part of the ‘Foliant’ programme, with the aim of finding agents that would compromise defensive countermeasures. Information on these compounds has been sparse in the public domain, mostly originating from a dissident Russian military chemist, Vil Mirzayanov. No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds has been published. (Black, 2016)
  • Unlikely that Vladimir Putin behind Skripal poisoning - Séamus Martin, Irish Times, March 14, 2018
  • Russian Intelligence Veteran Explains What's Wrong With Skripal Case in UK - Sputnik, March 15, 2018
  • Ветеран ГРУ о деле Скрипаля: разведка так не делает(GRU veteran on Skripal case: intelligence services do no to do it like that) -Sputnik Estonia, March 15, 2018
  • Everything they won't tell you about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Organized, simplified, cited. - oaklandbrokeland, Redit, March 15, 2018
  • Of A Type Developed By Liars - Craig Murray, March 16, 2018
    The government has never said the nerve agent was made in Russia, or that it can only be made in Russia. The exact formulation “of a type developed by Russia” was used by Theresa May in parliament, used by the UK at the UN Security Council, used by Boris Johnson on the BBC yesterday and, most tellingly of all, “of a type developed by Russia” is the precise phrase used in the joint communique issued by the UK, USA, France and Germany yesterday:
    This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.
    When the same extremely careful phrasing is never deviated from, you know it is the result of a very delicate Whitehall compromise.
  • Russia spy row: UK lab could be poison source, says ambassador(Russia's EU ambassador Chizhov)-BBC, March 18, 2018
  • Duma (MP) responded to the proposal of London to jointly investigate the "case of Skripal"-RIA, March 18, 2018
    London must clarify what it is ready to share with Moscow on the case of Sergei Skripal and Nikolai Glushkov, then Russia will be able to accept or reject the proposal, said First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs Dmitry Novikov.
    Earlier, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that Britain would like to work with the Russian side to investigate the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, as well as the circumstances of the death of Nikolai Glushkov, and is ready to give Moscow access to the investigation.

Attack Russia now!

Theresa May accuses Russia
The Anglo-Russian war of 2018

Russia's response