Sergei Skripal’s niece again denied visa by Britain to visit relatives amid abduction fears

Introduction — May 16, 2018

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Click to enlarge

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Click to enlarge

First Russian diplomats were denied access to Yulia Skripal and her father Sergei, who is still in hospital. Even though Yulia Skripal is no longer in hospital her family in Russia still haven’t heard from her. Meanwhile Yulia Skripal’s statements to the press have come through British officials, who claimed to be speaking on her behalf.
Understandably, Yulia’s family in Russia are growing concerned. They haven’t seen or heard from her since she left Russia. That was more than two months ago during which time Yulia was poisoned while visiting her uncle in Salisbury. Now Viktoria Skripal, who wanted to visit Britain to ensure her uncle and cousin Yulia are OK, has been denied a visa.
This is the second time Viktoria Skripal has been denied a visa to visit her uncle and cousin in Britain.
All of which begs the question: are the Skripals being held against their will? Are they indeed even still alive?
That’s a valid question given that we know that Sergei Skripal wanted to return to Russia, having written to Putin asking for a pardon. If Sergei Skripal had returned home he could have delivered an intelligence windfall for Russian intelligence and a propaganda coup for Putin.
Meaning that as far as British intelligence were concerned Sergei Skripal wasn’t just expendable, he was a potentially dangerous liability.
Was the Skripal’s poisoning intended to prevent this happening?
Did Sergei Skripal inform his daughter during her visit of his plans to return to Russia? If so it would make sense for British intelligence to silence her too. Is this why Yulia Skripal also ‘fell ill’ with her father?
Finally, readers will note that in recent weeks there has been a virtual news blackout on stories concerning the Skripals. Indeed there are reports that a D Notice has been issued over coverage of the Skripal’s case.
The British authorities are obviously trying to keep the lid on something here. What sre they trying to hide? Ed.

Sergei Skripal’s niece again denied visa by Britain to visit relatives amid abduction fears

Russia Today — May 15, 2018

The niece of ex-spy Sergei Skripal has had her visa request to Britain refused for the second time. The Russian national was hoping to visit her relatives, Sergei and Yulia Skripal both of whom were poisoned with a nerve agent.

Responding to the denial, a Home Office spokesperson said: “We have refused a visa application from Viktoria Skripal on the grounds that she did not meet the requirements of the immigration rules.”

Viktoria Skripal had previously attempted to see her family in early April, but a visa request was also refused then. At that time the Metropolitan Police issued a ‘statement issued on behalf of Yulia Skripal’ which read: “I thank my cousin Viktoria for her concern for us, but ask that she does not visit me or try to contact me for the time being. Her opinions and assertions are not mine and they are not my father’s.”

While Sergei, now in an improving condition, remains at Salisbury District Hospital, his daughter resides in an undisclosed location after being discharged from the facility last month. Russian officials have made repeated requests to see Yulia, a Russian citizen, but have been denied – leading to accusations of abduction.

Russia’s Foreign Office spokesperson, Maria Zakharova told Sky News: “We just want to be sure that Yulia Skripal is actually better, that this is for real. We have zero information from officials in London about what is going on with her.

“We have suspicions that she’s been abducted, held against her will.”

London has accused Moscow of culpability over the poisoning of the Skripals, a charge the Kremlin has consistently denied.

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