LONDON, March 12 â€” RIA Novosti. Working in London, Russian journalists began to receive threats because of the tone of coverage in the British media of the events related to the poisoning of the ex-Colonel of the GRU, Sergei Skripal, told RIA Novosti NTV correspondent Elizabeth Gerson.
The journalist said that including she received an email from a stranger: “I Think it’s some kind of a sick person, but very unpleasant. Was just nasty, but it’s a threatening letter… was shit in Twitter, but without threats”.
In the available RIA Novosti the letter States: “You or the imbecile, or a Russian puppet or figurehead. In any case, I don’t know whether to despise you or laugh at you. You’re not a journalist. I think I’ll laugh at you. Ha ha ha. The one that works in Russia with a pen, maybe in the end, die by the sword. All the best”. A letter signed with the name Bruce Fountain.
Threat information was confirmed by the Russian Embassy, which have also received several emails with rude remarks.
Diplomats linked the incidents with a deployed anti-Russian press campaign, “which, with the connivance of the authorities putting pressure on the investigation and psychological impact on UK residents”.
“Our fellow citizens, and the British of Russian origin are experiencing anxiety about their future in the country,” â€” said in a statement released by the Embassy.
In the beginning of last week Skripal and his daughter was hospitalized with the poisoning. Now they are in a coma.
Practically in the first days after the incident, the British media saw in PE “Russian trace”. During the week, despite the fact that the official authorities urged to refrain from speculation and do not give any evidence of the Association of poisoning with Russia, the British media has developed the theme of Moscow’s involvement in the incident.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called statements of the Russian involvement in the poisoning Skripal propaganda. Vladimir Putin urged Britain to first understand what happened at the scene and then discuss the incident with Moscow.
In 2006 the Moscow district military court sentenced Skripal to 13 years in prison. During his service in the Russian army in the mid 1990-ies he was recruited by British intelligence, and he handed her the data making the state secret.
Skripal was in the UK after he along with two convicted of espionage were exchanged for the ten people arrested in the United States.