Poisoned Sergei Skripal kept ties to Russian intelligence, fellow exile claims

The Russian double agent fighting for his life after a suspected nerve agent attack had ties to spymasters from the country he betrayed, it has been claimed.

Fellow Russian exile Valery Morozov said he met Sergei Skripal several times, but alleges the former colonel had not left his life in espionage behind.

Mr Skripal was convicted in his home country for selling secrets to the British. Russian exile Valery Morozov says the British have been too quick to “blame” Putin after the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy in Wiltshire.


In this video Morozov tells Channel 4 News that, despite his high-profile defection, the poisoned intelligence officer visited the Russian Embassy regularly.

He said: “If you have a military intelligence officer working in the Russian diplomatic service, living after retirement in the UK, working in cyber-security and every month going to the embassy to meet military intelligence officers – for me being political refugee, it is either a certain danger or, frankly speaking, I thought that this contact might not be very good for me because it can bring some questions from British officials.

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