Introduction — April 6, 2018
Novichoks are claimed to be some of the most potent nerve agents available.
For example, the VX nerve agent is said to be so toxic that less than a drop on the skin, or 0.01g, is enough to kill within 15 minutes. Yet Novichoks are purportedly even more deadly.
The Russian nerve agent allegedly used on the Skripals is said to be 5 to 10 times more lethal that VX; with only a slim chance of recovery for those exposed to it.
This makes Yulia Skripal’s reported “recovery” all the more remarkable. Given that the long-term damage from exposure to Novichoks can allegedly last “generations“, as the nerve agent is said to have the potential to alter the victim’s “genetic makeup“.
Yet judging from the following Guardian report, Yulia Skripal appears to be well on the way to recovery.
This naturally prompts an even bigger question. Given Yulia’s apparent recovery: was she actually exposed to the deadly Russian nerve agent? Or did something else incapacitate Yulia and her father in Salisbury over four weeks ago?
The fact that the British authorities have refused a Russian request to launch a joint inquiry into the Skripals poisoning suggests that they may have something to hide.
On the face of it the Russian request seems perfectly reasonable, but Britain’s condemning the Russian request as “perverse” implies that they had already decided who poisoned the Skripals. This, before an inquiry had even got underway or police investigations were complete.
All of which lends weight to Russian claims that Britain may have been behind the poisoning; with London now trying to shift the focus of attention and portray Russia as the guilty party.
Not that the British are unfamiliar with this sort of duplicity. This whole episode has uncomfortable echoes of Tony Blair’s infamous “45 minute” claim. Remember that?
That led to the Iraq invasion and the deaths of over one million Iraqis, most of them civilians. One wonders where this episode is intended to lead? Given that Britain hasn’t relented in accusations of Moscow’s involvement one wonders if we aren’t being led down the same path?
That is not as alarmist as it may sound. Over the past decade or so NATO, the U.S. and Britain have been steadily deploying their military ever closer to Russia’s borders. So on the ground at least, the pieces are being put into place for conflict with Russia.
This might sounds like madness but it offers a solution to what the elite view as their most pressing problem. A growing population. In the eyes of the elite the answer is depopulation brought about by global war. Which the elite and their political lackeys, like Boris Johnson, hope to survive in their own custom built bunkers.
Was the Skripal’s poisoning intended to help take this plan a step forward by portraying Russia and Putin as a threat, just as Saddam Hussein was once? Thereby preparing the way for a global conflict? Ed.
Yulia Skripal says she is recovering but disoriented
Steven Morris, Patrick Wintour and Andrew Roth — The Guardian April 5, 2018
Thirty-two days after she and her father collapsed in a nerve agent attack, Yulia Skripal has sent out a defiant message that she is getting stronger every day and is grateful to the British people who helped her and her father.
Yulia, 33, thanked the people of Salisbury for coming to her aid when she and her father, the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, were “incapacitated”, and she praised medical staff for nursing them both.
It is not known whether Yulia has given counter-terrorism officers details of how she believes she and her father were attacked, but the fact that the statement was released via the Metropolitan police suggests she is cooperating with British authorities.
If that is the case, it will be a blow to Moscow, which is seeking consular access to the Skripals as it tries to defend itself against the UK government’s accusation that it was behind the 4 March attack. Russia said on Thursday that it expected Yulia to return to Russia.
The UK Foreign Office said Yulia had not taken up Russia’s offers of help. A spokesman said: “We have conveyed to Ms Skripal the Russian embassy’s offer of consular assistance. Ms Skripal is now able to choose if and when to take up this offer, but to date, she has not done so.”
Yulia’s statement was released hours after Sergei’s niece, Viktoria, claimed from Moscow that Yulia had told her both she and her father were getting better. Viktoria released what she said was a recording of a phone call between her and Yulia in which the injured woman said her father was sleeping and that nobody had suffered irreversible damage.
The expectation had been that both Sergei and Yulia had suffered lasting damage. A high court judgment related to the case, published on 22 March, asserted: “Medical tests indicate that their mental capacity might be compromised to an unknown and so far unascertained degree.”
But in her upbeat statement released on Thursday, Yulia said: “I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily. I am grateful for the interest in me and for the many messages of goodwill that I have received.
“I have many people to thank for my recovery and would especially like to mention the people of Salisbury that came to my aid when my father and I were incapacitated. Further, than that, I would like to thank the staff at Salisbury district hospital for their care and professionalism.
“I am sure you appreciate that the entire episode is somewhat disorientating, and I hope that you’ll respect my privacy and that of my family during the period of my convalescence.”
The audio recording of a conversation said to be between Yulia and Viktoria was played on a talk show on the Russian state-run television station Russia-1. A voice said to be that of Yulia said: “Everything’s OK, everything can be solved, everything can be healed.”
When asked about her father’s condition, she said: “Everything’s OK, he’s resting now, he’s sleeping. Everyone’s health is OK. No one has had any irreversible [harm].”
Viktoria is likely to become a key player in the saga in the coming days. She is said to be applying for a visa to visit the UK and the Skripals. If she does travel, it could result in a media circus, while the Russians are bound to try to use her to further their propaganda campaign.
Yulia appeared to turn down a visit from her cousin, citing the commotion around the case. In the phone conversation, the voice attributed to Viktoria said she hoped to receive a visa on Friday and fly to the UK on Monday.
“Vika, nobody will give you a visa,” came the reply. Viktoria responded: “If they give it, I need you to tell me whether I can visit you or not, tell me that I can.”
The woman said to be Yulia demurred. “I think no, there is such a situation now, we’ll sort it out later,” she said. “Later, we will get it all sorted later, everything’s fine, we’ll see later.”