NYT: Skripal passed to British intelligence dirt on Patrushev
In a new book about espionage tells that Sergei Skripal passed MI6 information about a corruption scheme in the Russian intelligence service in the 1990-ies, writes The New York Times.
Former double agent Sergei Skripal, who in March of this year tried to poison the British Salisbury nerve gas “Newbie”, gave British intelligence MI-6 information about the corruption scheme of the 1990-ies, which led to Nikolai Patrushev, the current Secretary of the Russian security Council and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
About this newspaper The New York Times, citing a new book about espionage, which is published on Tuesday, 2 October. As writes the edition, Skripal spoke about this in last year’s interview with diplomatic and military observer Corporation BBC Mark Urbano, who was working on a book about espionage after the cold war.
According to Skripal, information about corruption at the highest level were classified. He said that the naval officer who along with him had served in the Russian military intelligence and as well, as he was caught for passing information to Western intelligence agencies, was found dead in 2004 in a military hospital after questioning by officers of the Russian intelligence. Apparently, he was strangled. The official version was suicide, but several of his fingers were cut off, what was the unmistakable terrible message, writes The New York Times.
British intelligence concluded that Skripal escaped the same fate, because the interrogations in Russia, did not mention corruption network, leading to Patrushev, who at the time was the Director of the FSB, the newspaper said.
Excerpts from an interview with Skripal is given in the book of Mark urban’s “Business Skripal. The life and nearly death of a Russian spy” (“The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy”). They do not answer the question of why Skripal tried to poison, but the draw is the most comprehensive to date picture of his life as a Russian spy and informer for the British intelligence service, writes The New York Times.
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