“Version looks fantastic.” As could be poisoned Skripal

MOSCOW, 8 Mar — RIA Novosti, Anton Lisitsyn, Alexander Telishev. In the history of poisoning in the UK former GRU officer Sergei Skripal far there is no clarity. But this does not prevent the head of the British foreign Ministry Boris Johnson to make drastic statements and talk about “confrontation of Russia” and the British media to write about “the dark art of Russian poisoners”. Journalists reported that Skripal, perhaps poisoned by fentanyl. RIA Novosti versed in the details of the incident.
“The attempt to frame Russia”

The fifth of March the police Wiltshire found on a bench near the Mall man at the age of 60 and a young woman in an unconscious state. Any injuries they had. “Both are currently in critical condition in intensive care”, — have informed in police.

According to British media reports, it was about a 66-year-old Sergei Skripal, a former Colonel of the Main intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Russian General staff, and his 33-year-old daughter Julia. Case Skripal at the time made a lot of noise. Former GRU officer after retirement in 1999 worked in the Russian foreign Ministry, went into business. In December 2004 he was accused of treason and arrested. The investigators found that in 1995, he came into contact with British intelligence services. For a cash consideration Skripal passed the English data about Russian spies.

He pleaded guilty in 2006 was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment in a strict regime colony. In 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev granted the petition Skripal pardon. He was released and sent to Britain on an exchange program with scouts.
Sergei Skripal during a hearing in a Moscow court. 2006

The Times, citing sources in the British government, said that the police and counter-intelligence, MI-5 there are several assumptions about what happened. In the list of versions listed and “attempted murder sponsored by the state.” “Alternative theories, such as the attempt to falsely accuse Russia, or personal dispute, is also not excluded”, — the publication adds.

Scotland Yard refused to comment on published in the media version of the poisoning.
“Anyone not point the finger”

The sixth of March the Minister of foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson confirmed that that is indeed Skripal and his daughter Julia. “I’m not pointing fingers, but no loss of innocent life on British soil will not go unpunished.

Yes, this country might be willing to pay for fidelity to principles and the opposition of Russia, but I hope we have the support of both houses of Parliament in the continuation of this line”, — said the head of the foreign Ministry, threatening to give a “harsh response”.

If the poisoning Skripal will reveal the “Russian trace”, said the diplomat, London will reconsider its diplomatic and political representation at the world Cup in Russia.
The Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, which was closed after admission of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal

The Russian Embassy in London sarcastically reacted to the publication of the British media. Diplomats posted in social networks photos articles British Newspapers The Times and The Guardian with the title: “the Dark art of Russian poisoners”, “Skripal could be punished for continued cooperation with British intelligence”, “Johnson, said the harsh response.”

“The presumption of innocence 2.0: I have no idea what happened, I have no idea why this happened, but the Russian has accused” — ironically commented on diplomats.

Indeed, while virtually nothing is known. However, one detail wanders from publication to publication. Edition Express of March 5 reported on the assumptions of the police: an unknown substance could be the fentanyl. Later this information was repeated in The Telegraph.
“A promising and safe”

Fentanyl is the most potent synthetic analogues of heroin and morphine, available today on Earth. It was opened by the Belgian pharmacist Paul Janssen in 1959 and for a long time, doctors were considered among the most promising and safe analgesics.

Fentanyl is able to suppress severe chronic pain, which can not cope other opiates, so it is now widely used to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer and other so far incurable diseases.

According to estimates of experts, fentanyl acts on the human nervous system 50-100 times stronger than morphine. This is a very dangerous drug.

Over the past three years the death rate from overdose of fentanyl has increased five times. Washington has developed a package of measures to combat the illegal supply of this drug from China and Mexico. Some politicians in the U.S. accused China targeted the production of fentanyl for the American drug market.
The Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, which was closed after admission of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal

In addition to difficulties with the dosage, the problem is that fentanyl is on the nature of their actions, consistency, color and side effects is no different from heroin and other opiates. Buying another dose, the addict is unable to determine, fentanyl or heroin, and how diluted the drug. This often ends fatally due to complete respiratory failure and a sharp decline in pressure.

Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or respiratory system if pre-dissolved in water and sprayed in the air in aerosol form. It is estimated that only 20 milligrams of carfentanil, one of the most potent varieties of the drug, enough to kill a man or send him to the intensive care unit.

There are fears that militants of the extremist middle East organisations could use or plan to use fentanyl and its derivatives as chemical weapons. The relevant claims have already been advanced to the Russian special services in 2002, after operation to release hostages on a musical “Nord-OST”.
“No one will take that risk”

“I think Sergei Skripal poisoned with fentanyl no fault of intelligence, but for very domestic reasons. Illegal drug traffickers in all countries, communicating with foreigners or unfamiliar people trying to cheat by slipping fentanyl, “white Chinese” or other cheap synthetic drugs instead of heroin or cocaine. It is possible that Skripal suffered exactly the same fate”, — said Sergey Polyatykin, the doctor-psychiatrist of the Moscow scientific practical center for narcology of Moscow Destava.

“If we talk about intelligence, the use of fentanyl or its derivatives to eliminate undesirable person is the last thing you can think of. Fentanyl is not legally import to Britain, and illegal to make it extremely difficult. But just to be substituted, traces of fentanyl are easy to spot. Nobody is going to risk that,” said the scientist.
House in Salisbury, where he lived ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal. 6 Mar 2018

“Fentanyl, like other opiates, in principle, can go in person and through the lungs and through the skin, however, this scenario seems highly unlikely. There are special patches, which gradually release fentanyl into the body, but a person need to paste them from head to toe to achieve the desired effect. Version with gas attack even more fantastic. I believe, therefore, that the charges of the British side are devoid of truth,” said the doctor.

“In General, such a scenario revenge, talking about our British partners, seems to me very primitive, a vendetta on the level of the caveman. Remember how the Soviet secret services eliminated Stepan Bandera in 1959, and the Russian — Khattab during the second Chechen war. Our security forces act more gracefully,” concludes Polyatykin.