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Poisoned Russian spies

The attack on Sergei Skripal on British soil is not the first of its kind

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Poisoned Russian spies

The United Kingdom has become scene of poisoning caused by a Russian citizen, a fact that thins and strains relations between London and Moscow.

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As confirmed by British police, ex-spy Sergey Skripal, 66, was poisoned last Sunday with a nerve gas to which he was exposed in a mall. His daughter and 20 or people were also affected in attack, including a police officer who arrived promptly at site.

Skripal was sentenced in 2006 to 13 years by a Moscow court that pleaded guilty to working for British secret services and to reveal identities of or Russian agents. In 2010 he benefited from a spy exchange and since n he was a refugee in United Kingdom.

It is not first episode of se characteristics that occurs on British soil. The most famous case of recent years is also ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, who in 2006 died after ingesting Polonius deposited in cup of tea he drank. But re are more unclear deaths. In 2012, Alexander Perepilichnyy, a Russian businessman who was collaborating to uncover a Russian capital-laundering plot, died of a heart attack. In his stomach were found traces of a poisonous plant. And in 2013, Russian tycoon and opponent Boris Berezovsky appeared hanged in his house.

What happened on Sunday has also affected more people than target of alleged attack. It is refore an indiscriminate terrorist action. We must praise prudent attitude of British Government so as not to draw any hasty conclusions. But at same time, warnings of British foreign Minister Boris Johnson, who has assured that London will reply in a "strong and proper" way if Moscow is behind action, must not fall into sack.

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