In any good spy movie, you can usually expect to see some Russian tie-in. In fact, there are new movies out right now that involve Russian spying.
After the end of the Cold War, Russian espionage has seemingly only existed in novels and movies on the big screen. However, that might not be the case for very much longer and a true Russian spy saga may be unfolding.
On March 4, Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found in Salisbury and transported to a hospital where they both remain in critical condition. It was soon determined they were both poisoned using a nerve agent that was developed by the Soviet Union in the 70s. Being a nerve agent that was developed by the Soviet Union, it’s easy to make the assumption that Russia was involved in poisoning a spy.
At Russia’s National Grain Centre, I ask Vladimir Putin: “Is Russia behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal?” pic.twitter.com/5ve7U82Hwa
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) March 13, 2018
However, the story doesn’t end there. Another enemy of Russia, Nikolai Glushkov, who sought political asylum in the UK, was found dead Monday night.
Glushkov was originally charged with money laundering after his friend Boris Berezovsky fell out of favor with Putin. Berezovsky was an oligarch who made critical statements against Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Berezovsky at one point enjoyed a friendly relationship with Putin; however, early in his presidency, Berezovsky criticized Putin and accused him of attempting to establish an authoritarian government.
Berezovsky was later found hanged at his home in 2013. It was ruled to be suicide.
Now, Glushkov, who was found dead Monday night, was a colleague of Berezovsky. After Berezovsky’s trouble with the Kremlin, Glushkov was convicted and jailed for five years for money laundering and fraud. When he was released, he sought political asylum in the UK as he feared the Russian government would continue to seek him out.
Glushkov, interestingly enough, believed that Berezovsky was murdered – despite the findings from police.
Even more interestingly, Berezovsky and Glushkov had ties to the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned back in 2006. It’s been widely accepted by many that Russia was involved in the murder of Litvinenko, who was poisoned with polonium-210. Polonium-210 has been labeled the “perfect poison.”
Police so far have announced they have not found any connections to the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter. However, the timing and connections are too much to ignore.
You’ve got this one guy Glushkov, who worked closely with Berezovsky who ticked Putin off. Berezovsky also had connections to a former KGB agent, who was eventually poisoned in a high-profile case. Berezovsky ends up dead.
Then you have two Russians who sought asylum in the UK poisoned with a nerve agent that was developed by the Soviet Union. Now, you have Glushkov dead.
If it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a Russian duck named Dimitri holding a vial of some crazy nerve agent no one has ever heard of. Frankly, if you’re Russian and seeking asylum in the UK, you’re probably in some danger especially if you plan on testifying against the Russian government.
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