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 “.
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.
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.