BBC zegt net dat ze bedoelden dat er geen ministers en andere hoge gasten naar het WK zullen gaan als er bewijs is.quote:
https://www.theguardian.c(...)n-act-sergei-skripalquote:Russian spy attack inquiry widens after medics treat 21 people
The investigation into the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal has widened, as police sealed off the graves of his wife, Liudmila, and son, Alexander, and confirmed that a total of 21 people had been treated as a result of the incident.
The police officer who was exposed to the nerve agent used on the Skripals, named on Thursday as DS Nick Bailey, remained in a serious but stable condition.
Bailey was described by Wiltshire’s temporary chief constable, Kier Pritchard, as “a massively dedicated officer”. Pritchard said Bailey was “very anxious, very concerned” but sitting up in bed and talking.
The prime minister, Theresa May, said: “We are all thinking of him, his family, friends and colleagues – and the two other victims – at what is an incredibly difficult time.
“The events of Sunday are a stark reminder, if ever one was needed, of the dangerous situations our emergency services face and the dedication and courage they display every day in order to keep us safe.”
Earlier, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, described the use of a nerve agent in a busy city centre as “attempted murder in the most cruel and public way” as pressure on the government and police for answers continued to grow.
Forensics officers began a major search for evidence at Skripal’s semi-detached house. They also cordoned off the graves in Salisbury cemetery where Liudmila and Alexander Skripal were interred in adjacent plots, and sealed off a garage and recovery service elsewhere in the city.
Rudd condemned the poisoning of Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, as a “brazen and reckless act”. They remained “unconscious and in a critical but stable condition” in hospital, Rudd told MPs.
She refused to give details of the agent used in what Scotland Yard has said was an attack specifically targeting the Russians. She said experts at the government’s laboratory at Porton Down had positively identified the substance. “It is very rare,” she said.
The use of a nerve toxin, usually only held in state military stockpiles, is being seen as a key indicator of possible Kremlin involvement. On Thursday, the Russian embassy in London sent a sarcastic tweet, saying of Skripal: “He was actually a British spy, working for MI6.”
Moscow has repeatedly denied it has anything to do with the attack, the same line used when the FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in 2006 with a radioactive cup of tea. A public inquiry a decade later ruled the Kremlin had ordered the hit.
The Salisbury attack left Skripal and his daughter in a comatose condition last Sunday afternoon, on a bench in the Maltings shopping centre.
Detectives will be seeking to establish how the toxin was delivered – and, crucially, where. One source suggested that Bailey was exposed to the nerve agent from inside Skripal’s house and not in the city centre, as was previously thought.
It is understood that the cordon at the cemetery is in place primarily to keep media away from the graves of Liudmila Skripal, who died of cancer in 2012 aged 59, and Alexander Skripal, who died in March last year in St Petersburg, aged 43.
There was no sign of activity taking place on the site, but the family’s run of ominous bad luck is likely to prompt police to examine whether Liudmila and Alexander may have been victims of foul play.
Police sealed off a new location on Churchfields industrial estate about five minutes by car from Skripal’s home. Officers in protective suits could be seen in the yard of Ashley Wood vehicle recovery services, and paramedics stood by. One car they looked at was a BMW that was partially hidden under a tarpaulin. It is understood that Skripal drove a BMW. Officers from the counter-terrorism command removed boxes from the site.
Friends of Yulia Skripal’s in Moscow described her as an intelligent young woman, fluent in English and Spanish, as well as Russian. They said her comfortable life was destroyed in 2004 when her father – a career officer in GRU military intelligence – was accused of spying for MI6. “We were all totally shocked when her father was jailed,” her school friend Irina Petrova told the Guardian. “These were very tough years for Yulia. She was deeply affected by her father’s sentence.”
On the ground in Salisbury, detectives have divided the investigation into three separate sites: the Skripals’ home, the Mill pub, where they had been drinking, and the Zizzi restaurant where they had eaten before collapsing at around 4.15pm.
Later retweette de ambassade deze tweet van de BBCtwitter:
We zullen het nooit weten. Feit is inderdaad wel dat de dader in de ogen van velen al bekend is. En we moeten niet naïef zijn en denken dat Ruslands geheime diensten uniek zijn in het spelen van vieze spelletjes.quote:
Maar heel wat van die journalisten werkten voor de "staatsmedia", en de meeste sterfgevallen betreffen journalisten die tijdens de oorlog in Chechnia sneuvelden, of die na de oorlog onderzoek deden naar de misdaden gepleegd tijdens het conflict. Beide zijden hebben zich aan heel wat zaken schuldig gemaakt, en dulden geen pottekijkers. Niet alles is het werk van het Kremlin of de FSB, zij hebben geen baat bij de meeste moorden, zeker niet als het een bekend figuur als Politovskaya betreft, en de moord op Putin's verjaardag plaatsvindt. Ik gok dat Ramzan Kadyrov de opdracht gaf, net als voor de meeste moorden die verband houden met Chechnia. Al is het natuurlijk Putin die het toelaat.quote:
Gaat het fout? In 2004 waren er voldoende case studies van dioxinevergiftiging te vinden, oa van de ramp in Seveso, maar vooral van twee secretaresses van een lab in Wenen die met zuivere TCDD, gemaakt in het lab, waren vergiftigd (de dader is nooit geïdentificeerd). Ondanks de enorme doses bleven de effecten beperkt tot malaise, langdurige amenorroe (uitblijven van maandstonden) en maandenlange chlooracne over heel hun lichaam. Er werd geen orgaanschade vastgesteld.quote:Maar soms gaat het fout. De voormalige Oekraïense president Viktor Joesjtsjenko, die zijn land aansluiting wilde laten vinden bij het Westen, overleefde een dioxinevergiftiging.
https://www.theguardian.c(...)d-on-salisbury-visitquote:Russian spy attack: military to help investigate poisoning of Sergei Skripal
About 180 military personnel have been called in to remove evidence potentially contaminated by a nerve agent in Salisbury as investigators try to establish where and when a British police officer was poisoned.
DS Nick Bailey is seriously ill in hospital having visited the home of Sergei Skripal after the former Russian spy and his daughter, Yulia, were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Sunday afternoon.
Investigators are trying to establish whether Bailey visited the scene where the two Russians were found, and was poisoned there or by items there, or whether the officer was contaminated by his visit to Skripal’s home.
Sources say that while it is not certain, it is believed more likely Bailey became contaminated by his visit to the home.
Uncertainty about how and where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were also poisoned led to police requesting military assistance on Friday to secure contaminated evidence on Friday. It is understood that personnel from the Royal Marines, the RAF and chemical teams were helping to remove vehicles from the scene.
On Friday afternoon military personnel arrived at Salisbury District Hospital. Military trucks seen on the site were reportedly there to remove a police vehicle.
The Metropolitan police said the units were called in because they had “the necessary capability and expertise” and urged the public not to be alarmed.
https://qz.com/1224822/a-(...)-christopher-steele/ (kan het telegraph artikel niet lezen, registratie vereist)quote:That consultant—an agent employed by Orbis founder Christopher Steele to gather information—was reportedly in repeated contact with an exiled former Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned along with his daughter in a brazen public murder attempt on March 4.
Maar je hebt natuurlijk ook nog andere diensten zoals de GRU (militaire inlichtingendienst).quote:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43362673quote:Russian spy: Salisbury diners told to wash possessions
Up to 500 Salisbury pub-goers and diners have been told to wash possessions as a precaution after nerve agent traces were found.
Trace amounts of the substance used to poison ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found on and around a table where the pair ate at Zizzi restaurant, the BBC has learned.
The table, along with other items, has been removed and destroyed.
Scientists have advised police it could take weeks for the premises to reopen.
Traces of the nerve agent were also found at the Mill pub in Salisbury.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital, are understood to have eaten on a table away from other diners.
Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, said the risk of harm to fellow diners was "low".
The advice to wash possessions applies to anyone in either venue between 13:30 GMT on Sunday 4 March and closure on Monday:
Clothes should be washed, ideally in a washing machine
Clothes which cannot be washed, for example if they need dry cleaning, should be double bagged in plastic until further notice
Mobile phones, handbags and other electronic items should be wiped with baby wipes, which should be bagged in plastic and put in the bin
Other items such as jewellery and glasses should be washed with warm water and detergent
Hands should be washed after the handling of any items suspected of being contaminated.
Dame Sally said after "rigorous scientific analysis" there was some concern that prolonged exposure over weeks and months could cause health problems but it was "not a subject for panic".
She said the advice was a "belt and braces" measure, adding: "I am confident none of these customers or staff will have suffered harm."
Members of the military are assisting police for a third day having previously helped with the removal of vehicles of interest including an ambulance.
More than 250 counter terrorism police are now involved in the investigation, which has yielded 200 pieces of evidence so far and more than 240 witnesses.
At a Sunday service at Salisbury Cathedral, the bishop - the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam - said as well as a "shocking attack on two individuals", the attack was a "violation of our community".
Mr Skripal, a retired Russian military intelligence officer, was convicted by the Russian government of passing secrets to MI6 in 2004, but given refuge in the UK in 2010 as part of a "spy swap".
https://en.crimerussia.co(...)ey-skripal-unveiled/quote:The British police have established the method of poisoning former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal. This is reported by Daily Express citing the investigation’s information.
According to the publication, the investigators believe that the source of poisoning was located at the Salisbury Cemetery, where Sergei Skripal's wife and son are buried. It is known that shortly before being found unconscious on a bench in the park, Skripal and his daughter had been visiting their deceased relatives.
In particular, it was found that Skripal had received a bouquet of fresh flowers, which had been allegedly sent by his friend with a request to take them to the grave of his deceased wife. Skripal and daughter carried the bouquet to the cemetery and were paralyzed for several hours later.
Forensics are currently working at the cemetery. It is possible that the relatives of the former officer can be exhumed in the interests of the investigation.
To recall, the lead according to which the poisoning with a nerve agent occurred in Skripal’s own house had been one of the priority ones. In addition, it was reported that traces of the poisonous substance were also found in the Zizi restaurant, where the victims had dinner.
Dat zal Theresa May vandaag waarschijnlijk ook doen.quote:
'En wat dan?' is de vraag.quote: