Moscow’s development of poisons like one used against Skripal has long history and dark shadow

Putin on the throne of swords


Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Felix Kubin, a Russian who defected to the US in 2013, says that he was approached before that time by FSB counter-intelligence officers who wanted him to help develop fast-acting poisons that Moscow could use against its opponents as it has apparently done now in the Skripal Case.

Kseniya Kirillova

Kseniya Kirillova

Kubin, who now lives in northern California, tells Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova that he was horrified by the proposal and refused; but it now appears that others were less horrified and agreed, giving the Russian special services even more weapons for their arsenal.

In her article for the Russian-language Slavic Sacramento news portal, Kirillova says that given this Russian capacity,

the most important question is now how Moscow tried to kill Skripal in Britain but rather why it chose this moment to do so.

To that end, she cites several former US intelligence officials with whom she spoke.

According them, Putin may have given the order to attack Skripal now to send a message to any Russians thinking about cooperating with the Mueller investigation into Russian complicity in the 2016 election in order to escape punishment in the US that Moscow can “reach out and touch someone” regardless of where they live.

That is certainly possible, but the Russian move against Skripal has another and even more disturbing consequence:

it is frightening many in Europe against cooperating with anyone who may be involved in exposing Putin’s crimes.

If Moscow is prepared to try to kill Skripal, such people feel, it might do the same to them.

Igor Eidman

Igor Eidman

Igor Eidman, a Russian commentator for Deutsche Welle, says that “a German director who made an anti-Putin film complained to [him] that many Germans are now afraid to cooperate with him.” That means, Eidman says, that “the poisoners achieved their goal.”

According to the Russian commentator, “those who attacked Skripal above all wanted to frighten the West” by a display of such audacity that Europeans will now conclude that they are Russia’s “hostages” and cannot either prevent Moscow from organizing more such attacks or saving themselves except by deferring to Putin.

Ten days ago, the Kremlin leader sought to frighten the West with his new “super weapons” and his preparedness for nuclear war, Eidman says. Now, he “is frightening it with a mass poisoning in the center of Britain. All these things are links in one chain,” are of his effort to “hit at sanctions with rockets and poisons.”

In the short term, Putin’s approach may intimidate, but over the longer run, this policy is “condemned” to failure, Eidman argues. Putin wants the rest of the world to respect and even love Russia, but “you can’t build relations on fear,” the commentator suggests. Sooner or later those you try to intimidate will respond in a far more tough manner than they would have before.

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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This concept has infected Russian society since their inception in the swamps of Muscovy and the use of poison to kill and/or intimidate their enemies has been just one example of the many tools that they continue to use to achieve and maintain that power. However, as the article suggested, there can be no love lost between the fox and the hound since no love ever existed. All that has existed is nothing less than utter contempt and utter contempt will always negate absolute power. As such, Putin and other similar rodents will always live on borrowed time and will always fear those who seek to destroy and replace them. Therefore, there is no escape for the rulers in the Kremlin except for a free, fair and just society. Unfortunately for most Russians, this is just another basic concept involving peace and survival that they have failed to understand.

    • Alex George

      I think it also sums up the utter disregard that the Kremlin leadership have for even their own people. Some similar substance was used to break the Moscow theatre hostage situation in 2002, and it is said that more Russian special forces died from the effects of their own gas, than terrorists died.

      That sounds eerily similar to the poison used in this skripal case.

      I think those of us who do believe in the free, fair and just society have to keep doing what we can to expose it so that more and more people around the world realise the true nature of the Kremlin.

  • Микола Данчук

    This is the act of a cowardly terrorist, plain and simple.
    Acting innocent / deflection will follow because they do have nukes (and wonder weapons).

    • MichaelA

      putin has served notice that he can assassinate anyone he wants to in britain
      and the british government will take no serious action against him
      putin doesnt care about expelled diplomats or talks cut off
      all he cares about is that russian oligarchs can keep investing their proceeds of crime in london
      and the british government will continue to help them
      tragic but true

  • zorbatheturk

    The world needs to see the following headline:

    ” Vladimir Putin has left the building.”