Tuesday, March 6, 2018

'Traitors Always End In A Bad Way. Usually From Drugs In The Street': How Ex-KGB Chief Putin Hinted At The Way Russia Deals With Spies Amid Claims He Would Never Have Forgiven 'Poisoned' Double Agent

Mark Duell at the Daily Mail offers a piece on Russian dictator Putin and the attack on a former Russian spy in the Untied Kingdom.

Russian president Vladimir Putin once hinted at how his country deals with spies by insisting that 'traitors always end in a bad way'.

The former KGB chief's words are all the more chilling as fears build over a poison plot in Wiltshire against Sergei Skripal, a Russian colonel who spied for MI6.

Mr Skripal, 66, was accused of working for MI6 over several years, in particular disclosing the names of several dozen Russian agents working in Europe.

Russian president Vladimir Putin once (left) said 'traitors always end in a bad way'. Fears are building over a poison plot in Wiltshire against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal (right)

Among the Russian agents exposed was the red-haired 'femme fatale' Anna Chapman, and Mr Putin said at the time: 'It is a result of betrayal.

'Traitors always end in a bad way. Usually from a drinking habit, or from drugs, right in the street.'

Mr Skripal was sentenced to 13 years in a high-security prison in 2006, before being freed in a 2010 deal which saw ten Russian sleeper agents expelled from the US.

Mr Skripal retired from military intelligence, often known by its Russian-language acronym GRU. He went on to work at the Foreign Ministry until 2003.

He was arrested in 2004 in Moscow and admitted he was recruited by British intelligence in 1995 and had provided information about GRU agents in Europe, for which he was paid more than $100,000.

Mr Skripal was one of four agents pardoned and released by Moscow in what was said at the time to be the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

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