After Salisbury poisoning, host says there have been too many strange incidents in recent years

Russian state television has advised “traitors” and Kremlin critics that they should not settle in England because of an increased risk of succumbing in mysterious circumstances.

” Don’t choose England as a place to live. Whatever the same reasons, whether you’re a professional traitor to the motherland or you just detest your country in your spare time, I recur , no matter, don’t move to England ,” the presenter Kirill Kleymenov said during a news programme on Channel One, nation TV’s flagship station.

” Something is not right there. Perhaps it’s the climate. But in recent years there have been too many strange incidents with a grave outcome. People get hanged, poisoned, they die in helicopter crashes and fall out of windows in industrial quantities ,” Kleymenov said.

The stark warning comes as the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, remain critically ill in hospital after being poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury. Moscow has labelled speculation that they were targeted by the Kremlin security services as an” anti-Russian campaign “.

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A number of Kremlin critics have met grisly ends in Britain in recent years. Boris Berezovsky, an oligarch turned government critic, was seen hanged at his home in Berkshire in March 2013. The coroner delivered an open verdict. Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB security service officer, died in 2006 after being poisoned with polonium-2 10 in the lobby of a Mayfair hotel, allegedly by Russian hitmen. Vladimir Putin rejected accusations of Russian involvement.

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Poisoned umbrellas and polonium: Russian-linked UK deaths

September 1978

Georgi Markov

In one of the most chilling episodes of the cold war, the Bulgarian dissenter was poisoned by a specially adapted umbrella on Waterloo Bridge. As he waited for a bus, Markov felt a sharp prick in his leg. The opponent activist, who was an irritant to the communist government of Bulgaria, succumbed three days later. A deadly pellet containing ricin was found in his scalp. His unknown assassin is thought to have been from the secret services in Bulgaria.

November 2006

Alexander Litvinenko

The fatal poisoning of the former FSB officer triggered an international incident. Litvinenko fell ill after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium. He fulfilled his killers in a bar of the Millennium hotel in Mayfair. The pair were Andrei Lugovoi- a former KGB officer turned industrialist, who is now a deputy in Russia’s state Duma- and Dmitry Kovtun, a childhood friend of Lugovoi’s from a Soviet military family. Putin denied all involvement and refused to extradite either of the killers.

March 2012

German Gorbuntsov

The exiled Russian banker survived an try on his life as he got out of a cab in east London. He was shot four times with a silenced handgun. He had been involved in a bitter dispute with two former business partners.

November 2012

Alexander Perepilichnyy

The businessman collapsed while operating near his home in Surrey. Tracings of a chemical that can be found in the poison plant gelsemium were later found in his belly. Before his death, Perepilichnyy was helping a specialist investment firm uncover a $230 m Russian money-laundering operation, a pre-inquest hearing was told. Hermitage Capital Management claimed that Perepilichnyy could have been intentionally killed for helping it uncover the scam involving Russian officials. He may have eaten a popular Russian dish containing the herb sorrel on the day of his death, which could have been poisoned.

March 2013

Boris Berezovsky

The exiled billionaire was observed hanged in an apparent suicide after he had expended more than decade waging a high-profile media battle against his one-time protege Putin. A coroner recorded an open verdict after hearing conflicting expert evidence about the route he died. A pathologist who conducted a postmortem examination on the businessman’s body said he could not rule out murder.

December 2014

Scot Young

An associate of Berezovsky whom he helped to launder money, was seen impaled on railings after he fell from a fourth-floor flat in central London. A coroner ruled that there was insufficient evidence that his death was suicide. But Young, who was sent to prison in January 2013 for repeatedly refusing to expose his finances during a public divorce row, told his partner he was going to jump out of the window moments before he was found.

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In 2012, Alexander Perepilichnyy, a former banker who was helping Swiss prosecutors analyse a Russian-linked money-laundering scheme, died after collapsing in Surrey. A pre-inquest hearing heard that traces of a chemical that can be found in the poisonous plant gelsemium were later found in his stomach. The inquest is due to resume next month.

Stephen Curtis, a millionaire lawyer with close ties to the exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, died when his helicopter crashed closely connected to Bournemouth airport in 2004. Curtis is reported to have told a close relative that if he were to die, it would not be an accident. One of Curtis’s associates, Scot Young, who had business links to Berezovsky, was observed impaled on railings after falling from his apartment in Marylebone, central London, in 2014. The coroner found insufficient evidence to regulation it a suicide, and his family suspect he was murdered.

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