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Skripal was not a threat to Moscow

28.03.2018 12:09

Alex Belov

The "BBC" British news agency on March 24 published an article which reported that the ex-officer of the GRU, Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury, appealed to the President of the Russian Federation with a request to allow him to return to Russia. The author of the publication claims that the Russian defector in 2012 in a telephone conversation with his classmate told about a letter to the Russian President, in which he asked him to pardon and allow him to return to Russia. At the same time, Skripal claimed that he was oppressed by the role of a traitor.

However, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, denied this information. According to him, having transferred Skripal to the British side, Russia severed all relations with him and the former GRU officer had no value for Moscow. Therefore, Peskov is sure that the versions about the involvement of Russian special services in the assassination are artificially constructed. It is necessary to understand whether the traitor sent eight years ago to the British authorities was indifferent to the Kremlin.

In December 2004, the FSB arrested Colonel Sergei Skripal on charges of cooperation with British intelligence. During the investigation of the criminal case instituted under the article "Treason", it was found that Skripal, during his military service in the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces in 1995, was recruited by MI6. This happened during a business trip to Spain, where Skripal worked as a military attaché at the Russian Embassy. According to the Major General of the GRU retired, the historian of the special services Valery Malevany, so-called "honey trap" was used to attract Skrypal, which in spyware means intimate connection with the object of recruitment.

After returning from Spain, Skripal supervised the personnel department of the GRU and, due to this circumstance, knew the personalities of Russian military intelligence officers who worked disguised in different countries. From the traitor, British intelligence MI-6 received information about several dozen Russian agents abroad. After the dismissal at the end of 1999 from the military service of Skripal, the British special services stopped contacting him in view of the loss of information opportunities for him. However, when Putin came to power in Russia, British intelligence was forced to mobilize even the most hopeless connections to obtain maximum information about the new Russian leader and his political views. Therefore MI6 restored contact with Skripal and ordered him to obtain information through his former colleagues in the GRU.

During the investigation, the defendant pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with security agencies. On August 9, 2006, he was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment in a strict regime colony, and also deprived of all ranks and awards.

In 2010, Skripal was pardoned by presidential decree, along with three other citizens of Russia, convicted of espionage in favor of the United States and Britain.

After his release, Skripal settled in English Salisbury. In Britain, a Russian defector lectured on Russian military intelligence in MI6 and cadets of military academies. He also gave consultations in military intelligence sphere.

Since the traitor's arrest in 2004, he was in an information vacuum and did not have access to classified information that could interest the Western special services. At the same time, the secrets, which Skripal already owned, are outdated and has lost their relevance.

Thus, the Dmitry Peskov's words about the Kremlin's indifference to the defector and provocative nature of the Skripal case are absolutely justified. Moscow would never have decided to give out to foreign intelligence a person with extremely important information.