Since the poisoning of the former GRU officer and his daughter Julia it has been almost four months, but the official investigation has not provided the general public with the final results of the investigation into the Salisbury incident.
By now, the Skripals have already been discharged from the hospital, transported to a hospital on a military base for further rehabilitation, and even to show the world an unexpectedly prettier Julia. However, in the shadow of the immediately started after the poisoning of the anti-Russian sensation, there remained the mysterious biological biological laboratory of Porton Down, which, in an "accidental" coincidence, is located in the suburbs of Salisbury.
Officially, the laboratory is engaged in scientific research and technology in the field of defense and security, as well as the disposal of old weapons. The center's responsibilities also include consultations between the Ministry of Defense and the Government of the United Kingdom on the protection of chemical and biological weapons. However, among other things, Porton Down has an impressive history of conducting experiments on live humans using poisonous substances.
So, according to data from open sources, from 1949 to 1989, experiments were conducted in the laboratory with the participation of volunteers from among servicemen. In this regard, from 1999 to 2006, a special investigation into the activities of the laboratory was organized, according to which participants in the experiments could become up to 20 thousand people.
In addition, on the territory of the research center in the mid-50s of the last century VX gas was tested, which belongs to the same class of chemical warfare agents as the "Novichok", which was declared the cause of Sergey Skripal's poisoning. The resulting gas was 300 times more toxic than phosgene, which was first used in the fields of the First World War.
However, the most interesting thing is that the specialists of the center in Porton Down were involved in the exercises "Toxic Dagger" in the days when the Skrypal poisoning occurred. During this event, Royal Marine Corps units and experts from the Porton Down laboratory worked out questions of detection and counteraction to chemical contamination. Accidental this is a reduction or not, but the final report on the exercises, which involved about 300 special forces and chemists, was published on the official resource of Royal Navy on March 6, that is, two days after the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter.
Despite the initial resonance, this information was pushed out of the information space in a relatively short time. Later, in the process of coverage of the investigation in the media, the main emphasis was placed on "Russian interference" and use of the poisonous substance produced in Russia in the territory of Great Britain.
But did the anti-Russian hysteria initiated by the British authorities result from a well-planned provocation? After all, Sergei Skripal and his daughter could become casual (accidental?) Victims of British doctrines. In addition, the necessary practice in the British secret services at the time of the poisoning of the Fiddlers has already been: for the past 20 years in Salisbury and its environs, mysteriously, more than 30 scientists of biologists have died. And now, at the moment of the greatest intensity of international tension in the UK, as never before, a convenient motive or "sacred victim" was needed to consolidate allies around itself for a "crusade" against Russia. This version, frankly, looks much more plausible than the one that official London is diligently promoting.