Killing is never easy, but even less is doing so with a nervous agent fabricated and developed in Soviet Union in Seventies and allegedly used in British territory to liquidate a former spy defector. In film and literature I could dress up a good screenplay by Ian Fleming or John le Carré in a much more colorful way than a simple shot in skull in a dark alley. But, in reality — because this is reality — it is hard to imagine why assassins have preferred to organize transport of a banned substance (or reproduce it nearby), plan that way its sloppy emission and ignore collateral damage that could Cause. Any shot or stab would have been infinitely easier, but it would have lost threatening impact of fact itself. And it is that message of assassins is in death by nerve agent Novichok, and not in death itself. It's first of thriller.
Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old British woman, mor of three, died on Sunday by exposure to Novichok after being hospitalized in critical condition with her partner, Charlie Rowley. Both were found unconscious in a house in Amesbury, just 13 kilometres from Salisbury, town where four months ago Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned. The night before y had been re. The British government has attributed both attacks to Russia, which denies it, as it denied demolition of a plane from Holland on Ukrainian territory in 2014. The International research team concluded four years after shuttle from which missile was fired came out of Russia, where it n returned.
Russia is, n, that great country not only able to organize a World Cup, but to shoot down an aeroplane with 298 occupants (according to aforementioned International commission of Investigation), to poison with Novichok to a former spy Asylee in United Kingdom since 2010 (according to accusation of British government) or to walk its lethal shadow on death of ex-spy Litvinenko by radioactive Polonius or assassination of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, both in 2006.
Litvinenko was also, like Skripal, anor Russian exagent and was also poisoned in England, exactly with a cup of tea in a London hotel. He died three weeks later. Also in London died Georgi Markov, a journalist of Bulgarian BBC service, after suffering a prick with an umbrella poisoned with Castor on Waterloo Bridge. That was in 1978, in midst of cold War, but judging by new events could have been today. Not forgetting Viktor Yushchenko, Uraniano leader poisoned and disfigured with TCDD, a toxic dioxin, in 2004.
The Cold war has not ended for Russia. But this time it does not find precisely in front of Sean Connery in role of Bond, nor with Richard Burton in spy who arose from cold, nor to Tom Hanks on or side of bridge of spies. On or side are characters like Boris Johnson and Theresa May fencing on British map to impose a bad Brexit or worse, while Russia rubs his hands before show that anor friend of house, Donald Trump, applauds to rage. The script of this film ends badly, because this time y have wrong enemy: it is not Europe, friends; It's Russia. If y listened to us.
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