The attempt to kill former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury ended in an accidental death and the unmasking of two members of Russia’s GRU as the suspects
It was a scene of horror: a bench, two unconscious individuals, a furtive poison. The attempted murder in early March of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, caused headlines around the world. Skripal was a former officer with Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency. He arrived in the UK in 2010 as part of a spy swap. Yes, he had given secrets to MI6. But why try to kill him eight years on? And who applied novichok to his front door in Salisbury?
Over the past nine months, lurid details of an audacious Moscow murder plot have emerged. Immediately, Theresa May blamed Vladimir Putin and expelled 23 Russian diplomats who were suspected of spying. The Kremlin denied involvement and said it was the victim of “hostile action”.