Skripal's call with niece made public
The GRU ex-employee poisoned last year in the UK congratulated a relative on Victory Day.
Moskovsky Komsomolets published a recording of a phone call of GRU ex-employee Sergey Skripal, poisoned in British Salisbury in 2018, to his niece Viktoria, which was allegedly made on May 9, 2019. Since the poisoning on March 4 last year, Skripal has not appeared in public; apart from statements by the British authorities, there was no evidence of him being alive.
The recording features a male voice that introduces himself as Sergey, congratulates “Vikulya” on the holiday, and also says that he and “Yulechka” “are fine.” Last year, along with Skripal, his daughter Yulia was poisoned.
It is reported that Skripal called his niece twice - in April and May. During the first conversation, according to Viktoria Skripal, he reproached her for the fact that she “is in the limelight” too often on television. When asked about life and plans, the former intelligence officer said to his niece: “You are on your own, we are on our own.”
The whereabouts of Sergey and Yulia Skripal are currently unknown. Sources of Moskovsky Komsomolets suggest that they can be at a closed military facility in the UK, or on islands in the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean, or in Australia or New Zealand, where the 'special facilities' of the British security forces are located.
The British authorities continue to accuse the Russian special services of Skripals' poisoning with Novichok substance.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.