Podcast: The Poisoning of the Russian Ex-Spy in Britain

Sergei Skripal, a colonel in Russian military intelligence, sentenced to 13 years for spying in 2006 and releasedin a spy swap in 2010 (Misha Japaridze/AP)

I spoke with talkRADIO on Tuesday morning about the apparent poisoning in southern England of Sergey Skripal — a Russian who spied for UK intelligence services in the 1990s and was later part of a prisoner swap for Russian “sleeper” agents in the US — and his daughter Yulia.

Is the Russian State behind attempted murder? And, if so, will the UK Government punish the Kremlin for the assassination order, having refrained from doing so over the killing of former KGB operative Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006?

Listen from 7:08 in 0630-0700 Segment

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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