Britain Should Be in the Dock Over Skripal Saga, Not Russia

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Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

The latest announcement by British authorities of two named Russian suspects in connection with the alleged poison assassination of a former Russian spy and his daughter is more absurd drama in a long-running tawdry saga.

No verifiable evidence is ever presented, just more lurid innuendo and more refusal by the British authorities to abide by any due process and international norms of diplomacy. It is all scurrilous sound and fury aimed at smearing Russia.

Britain Should Be in the Dock Over Skripal Saga, Not Russia

This week, Britain’s Metropolitan Police released video shots of two alleged Russian men purporting to show them arriving at London’s Gatwick airport on March 2. Other video shots purport to show the same men walking the streets of Salisbury on March 3, the day before former Russian Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were apparently stricken with a powerful nerve agent. The two would-be assassins then allegedly flew back to Moscow from London late on March 4.

One preposterous claim, among several by the British authorities, is that traces of the putative nerve poison Novichok were found in the London hotel room where the alleged Kremlin agents stayed. The incompetence of the two supposed super assassins beggars belief. More realistically clumsy, however, is the attempt by the British to lay an incriminating trail.

The day after the Met police announcement implicating the two Russian culprits, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May stood up in front of her parliament and claimed that the two individuals were members of Russian military intelligence, the GRU. Another British minister, Ben Wallace, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of having personal responsibility for ordering the alleged assassination plot.

Then on Thursday Britain summoned the United Nations Security Council to hash over the lurid claims against Russia without providing any further substantiating details to back up the sensational accusations.

This is nothing other than more trial-by-media, a process of railroading allegations against Russia, not on any basis of legal due process, but simply by bluster and prejudice. The credulous British news media play a dutiful secondary role in giving the claims a semblance of credibility, instead of asking the gaping questions that are warranted.

As Vasily Nebenzia, Russia’s envoy to the UN, remarked, the whole aim of the British claims is to whip up more international anti-Russia frenzy and hysteria. No sooner had Britain unleashed its latest allegations, a joint statement was released by the United States, Canada, Germany and France supporting the British claims.

Britain is now calling for more punitive sanctions against Moscow just as it had triggered earlier this year when the Skripals apparently fell ill on a park bench in the southern English town of Salisbury. Some 28 countries have expelled Russian diplomats over those earlier and as-yet unfounded claims. More expulsions can thus be expected, with the intended effect of framing Russia as a pariah state.

The timing of this week’s twist in the Skripal saga seems pertinent. The US, Britain and France are threatening to launch military strikes on Syria just as the Syrian army and its Russian ally move to defeat the last-remaining stronghold of NATO-backed terror groups in that country, potentially bringing an end to the Western-backed criminal war for regime change against the Assad government in Damascus.

Last month, too, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel held a productive, cordial summit with President Putin near Berlin, where the two leaders appeared to solidify a rapprochement over a crucial energy project between Russia the European Union.

The British government is also teetering on political implosion from the Brexit debacle and growing public contempt.

As Russia’s UN envoy Nebenzia further pointed out, how is it possible that the British prime minister can make the categorical claim that the two alleged Russian men in the video shots released this week are members of the GRU? Typically, she made the claim without providing any substantiating information.

This was the same kind of plucking from thin air that Theresa May performed only days after the Skripals were apparently poisoned in Salisbury on March 4. Again, back then, May stood in front of parliament and dramatically accused Russia of a state-sponsored assassination attempt. The British authorities have cast, and continue to cast, a verdict without any legal case. That verdict relies entirely on Russophobia and prejudice of Russian malfeasance.

Former British ambassador Craig Murray and other astute observers have noted that the latest video shots released by Britain’s counter-terrorism police are highly questionable. The images could have been easily fabricated with modern digital methods. They are not evidence of anything. Yet, suspiciously, the British authorities are in unseemly haste to make their sensational charges of Russian state culpability.

Moscow has condemned the reprehensible rhetoric used by the British prime minister and senior members of her cabinet in throwing grave allegations against the Russian leadership. Britain’s trashing of diplomatic norms is deplorable, befitting a rogue state that is itching for conflict.

The fact is that the British have spurned any normal legal attempt by Russia to access the supposed investigation in order to ascertain the nature of the alleged information incriminating Moscow. If Britain had a case, then why doesn’t it permit an independent assessment? Russia is being denigrated with foul accusations, and yet Moscow is denied the right to defend itself by being able to ascertain the information. The British technique is that of an inquisition making a mockery of legal standards.

Another salient fact is that the whereabouts of the Skripals is not known – six months after the alleged poisoning incident. Russia has been repeatedly denied consular contact with one of its citizens, Yulia Skripal, whose bizarre one-off appearance in a video, released by the British authorities three months ago, conveyed her wish to return to her homeland of Russia. Britain is violating the legal principle of habeas corpus.

Far from any evidence implicating Russia in a crime, the evidence so far points to the British authorities illegally detaining the Skripals for propaganda purpose. That nefarious purpose is clear: to demonize and delegitimize Russia as a sovereign state.

The Skripal saga and official British clowning around would be laughable if the consequences for international relations were not so dire.

The British authorities should be the ones in the dock, not Russia, to answer a case of forced abduction and incitement of international conflict.

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  • You can call me Al

    May is a traitor to my Country, she is a sell out on Brexit, Immigration and a fully fledged war-mongering POS.

    • AM Hants

      Off topic, but, do you know what has happened to the Comments section over on Duran? Using new system, via ‘You Tube’, ‘FB’ or ‘Twitter’, who I refuse to use.

      • Brother Ma

        It is called “all the better to see and track you with, my dear”

        • AM Hants

          Which is why I will not be going with the system.

      • You can call me Al

        Thanks for the heads up. Just had a look myself, almost fell of my chair as it was fine yesterday. Oh dear, the virus continues. As you, no comments from me going on the site.

        • AM Hants

          Wonder if it is temporary, as they have not even mentioned it? Plus. it was not the busiest of sites, if Disqus decided to throw a ‘hissy fit’?

    • ruca
    • Feudalism Victory

      Make england great again.

      MEGA!

  • AM Hants

    Is it true, the UK has 200 special forces in Idlib, but, refuse Russian assistance to get them out? Considering how few troops we have, are they the ‘Oiive Mercenaries’ or UK Forces? Good luck Russia, Syria and Iran. Nice waking up this morning, did not know if we would, courtesy the savages in Westminster.

  • frankly

    To me you open with the main point, build your case and then close with it. You have two eye witnesses to the whole affair, the Skripals, who have yet to emerge from British “protection”. This article mentioned that as an aside at the end. If it’s such a horrendous story let them tell it. That they can’t or won’t tell the story properly, is the story. Everything else is a poorly written soap opera.

    Has our centuries old justice system been so corrupted, that we don’t even attempt to use it. These conventions and treaties when signed and then disobeyed should have built in consequences. You follow the steps or you lose media access and the entity you disrespect, sanctions you when you miss deadlines. You failed to follow established protocol, case dismissed, damages to defendant!

    Here’s 25 million dollars, go frame a government busy trying to stop the mayhem we created in their country. Then nominate them for an Oscar. Their was a time when the nastiest insult for a lawyer was to be called an ambulance chaser. With the White Helmets we have streamlined fraud. “Cut, cut, cut, no damn it, stop filming, the victim is bleeding enough.”

    Do yourself and all of us a favor, it’s a simple solution. The Telly is smelly. The internet is compromised, go to the street and seek your own truth. Don’t use MSM!

    • Brother Ma

      It tells me the Judges there are corrupt as well. What happened to habeus corpus? Demand they present themselves to the court to be SEEN!

      Oh i know.. it went the way of independent Justice and separation of Judiciary from the Gov.

      • Fred

        You do not get appointed to anything high anywhere unless you toe the line. The divisions, fake news, lies, and hysteria in both the US and the UK establishments should indicate to everyone one thing – DESPERATION. If the ruling classes and establishments of other “leading” nations are equally sociopathic, then like sharks they now smell the blood and see the thrashing, and it is only a matter of time before they go in for the long-overdue kill. These nations have ruled the roost far too long, and have been ruthless and brutal in the way they have gone about it.

      • frankly

        It’s gone too far, better start swinging back or something could give. Not a day goes by where F.uk.us and fiends don’t further damage any credibility they had.

        • Merijn

          That is exactly the Plan….Expose’m…

        • ruca

          unfortunately the masses will believe them.

          • frankly

            Day by day, less and less. It just doesn’t make sense. There lies are too far fetched. Like Assad, in the face of all these threats, looking victory square on, why in God’s name would he use chemical weapons, he’s been certified not to have anyway. Never mind the fact that they haven’t proven he ever did!

      • Ace

        Judges in civil law countries can act independently but in common law countries they generally act when someone initiates an action such as one requesting the court to issue a writ of habeas corpus addressed to an official detaining a certain person. It reads “you have the body of someone and are commanded to produce him in court and state the legal basis for his detention.”

        British courts may be as corrupt and spineless as you suggest but a particular court’s failure to issue the writ at its own initiative isn’t evidence of that.

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  • Brother Ma

    What is it with these bloodthirsty, horrid and stupid women in power. Yukk?Merkel, Killton,Condoleeza ,Albright!

    • Sinbad2

      I think they feel that they have to prove that they can be more bloodthirsty than men.

      • Ace

        Merkel conceals her viciousness behind vague words. “We can do it.”

        May, however, seems like the poster girl for “Lights are on but nobody’s home.”

    • Ace

      Don’t forget Nuland, Power, and Haley. It’s illegal to sell Haley Halloween costumes!

      Le Pen is impressive and some of the German AfD women are fantastic. Would that they were in power.

  • RichardD

    “May stood in front of parliament and dramatically accused Russia of a state-sponsored assassination attempt.”

    The enormity and absurdity of the hypocrisy of all of this is plain to see when put in an international context of who is carrying out and supporting illegal state sponsored assignations and who isn’t. If all of the NATO governments have such a problem with one alleged failed state sponsored assignation. Where are the sanctions and other punitive actions against the biggest perpetrator of state sponsored assassination per capita of them all, with no one else being even close, Israel:

    – List of Israeli assassinations –

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_assassinations

    There are hundreds of incidents on this list, and probably at least that many that should be on it, but aren’t.

  • RichardD

    The chances of the two suspects in one of the busiest airports in the world during the peak time of day, arriving at and walking through two different long narrow corridors at exactly the same time, carrying and possibly pulling luggage, and reaching the same camera locations within a fraction of a second of each other to provide identical time stamps are remote at best. And is evidence of possible fraud on the part of the British government.

    This is the entrance to the corridors where the stills with the identical timestamps were taken:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/314fdeda72d8307f141d3c972d8c00155db09114566a2e7c2ec2194ffbdbb5b9.png

    These are the exit corridors with cameras shown in the stills:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ee005a4752b2750759e128df700891851e86857f1f831f18ee8c49e0be0b5bc3.png
    https://www.google.com/maps/@51.1611377,-0.1773794,2a,75y,160.93h,80.78t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sVwMbNKWSg8PjuWKakaOeaA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    Identical time stamps:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ed7385d10420b12f6a2a0e27858353669d01cb7e56c0d1cca600c046da80ce9.png

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

    This is a tutorial that explains how the British make fake security videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw1gjtyj9bs

    • ruca

      RD thanks for the vid link. Good one!

      • RichardD

        With the right software and somebody who knows how to use it they can create complete fiction simply sitting in front of a computer screen. Which is what looks happened in this case. And the video shows how easy it is to do it to commit misdomeanor and felony evidence tampering.

  • Shy Talk

    if the GRU wanted Sergei Skripal dead he would be dead, no fuss, like any other agency CIA, Mossad , MI6, BND, VAJA,SVR,MGK, if they wanted you dead you would be dead,suicide, car crash, heart attack, failed robbery attempt, plane disappears never to be seen again, and they would avoided harming his daughter , even these psycho’s have rules

    • Sinbad2

      Of course, but people in the west like their news like their movies, lots of action sex and total fiction.

  • RichardD

    Would the British government lie about something as important as chemical weapons to serve a evil Israeli criminal agenda?

    https://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02777/blair-bush_2777052b.jpg

  • Sinbad2

    Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillence coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well, certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? (V for Vengeance)

    It really is up to the people to stop this, the May’s and Trump’s of this world will kill us all, if we let them.
    When I was young, young Americans and Australians took to the streets, to stop the madness of Government, today, nothing.

  • Feudalism Victory

    Its clear humanity is devolving to a dumber state. How did the british conquer a quarter of the planet? Clearly these lightweight clumsy fools must be a different people.