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.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.