nuclear expert Igor Sutyagin, who had been convicted of spying in
2004, was also sent to the UK with Colonel Skripal as part of the
spy swap. Dr Sutyagin, now a senior research fellow with the Royal
United services Institute in London, last night said he only knew
Colonel Skripal for the duration of their flight from Moscow.
everything points to these people, then that’s a problem for
them,” he said.
Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre
at the Henry Jackson Society, said: “If confirmed, this would be
the second case of a former Russian ‘spy’ being exposed to an
unknown substance in the UK. The first, of course, was Alexander
Litvinenko, who was poisoned by polonium-210 in 2006.
it is too soon to attribute responsibility, it would be foolhardy
if the authorities were not to explore the Russia connection in
relation to Mr Skripal’s illness.”