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319 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     311 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities

PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

31.05.2018

Official reply of the Embassy to the question of the media with regard to the rescheduling of the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny

Question: What is the reason for the delay of the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny, previously scheduled for 29 May?

Answer: The Embassy is closely following the twists and turns of the inquest into the death of a Russian businessman A.Perepelichny, which has been conducted since 2012.

The current delay has been explained by the fact that the judge is waiting for the concluded Home Office review into the 14 deaths allegedly linked to the Russian state, including that of Mr Perepilichny. The second reason is the British side’s ongoing negotiations with the US Government about the disclosure of information relevant to the Coroner’s investigation, as well as consideration of public interest immunity applications lodged by the UK Government in regards to these matters.  

The politically motivated preparation of a clearly anti-Russian report, as well as negotiations with American secret services, all spanning beyond the court’s control, raise questions of inquest dependency on the political order.  Clearly, the UK secret services are in control of the investigation and unbalanced judicial proceedings are in demand. In such a state of affairs, one cannot set hopes too high on an equitable and objective investigation into the death of a Russian citizen.

We would like to remind that the initial post-mortem examinations, conducted by the experts from the police and the UK Home Office, concluded that the death was non-suspicious. Later, representatives of William Browder (the “Hermitage Capital” Fund) were included in the inquest as Interested Persons. Side note: William Browder was convicted in absentia in Russia for committing serious financial crimes, which explains his obvious motivation for any anti-Russian activity. Various theories were immediately thrown in, including: “poisoning of the Russian with the toxic Gelsemium plant”, “poisoning with sorrel soup”, “alleged involvement of Russian officials and/or organized criminal group”. In the meantime, attempts were made to discredit the initial results of the police investigation and the widow of A.Perepelichny. In 2016, the UK Government has already classified, in other words, covered-up relevant materials from the Interested Persons.

The idea behind the gimmickry of tossing unsupported theories in court, together with the de-facto cover-up of the materials related to A.Perepelichny, possessed by the British secret services, is quite clear: transform the theory of non-suspicious death into another conspiracy theory of a state-sponsored murder. Familiar British secret services modus operandi, traces of which can be seen in similar high-profile cases involving Russian citizens in the UK.   




LATEST EVENTS

17.01.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018 Moscow, January 16, 2019


08.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on the latest media publication on the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the Daily Telegraph publications alleging that British authorities have established full details of the assassination attempt of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and describing their current life in England? Answer: We are dealing with yet another media leak, unofficial and unverifiable. It provides no new facts on the Salisbury incident, let alone evidence. The circumstances of the incident remain as confusing as ever.


05.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding recent statements on Russia by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Question: How would you comment on Jeremy Hunt’s speech in Singapore, in which he named Russia’s actions on the international arena as the prime example of a threat to the rules-based international system? Answer: Such rhetoric of British officials is not new. It again combines manipulation of international norms with distortion of facts. As stated repeatedly, Russia does not accept the concept of a “rules-based international system”. The international order is based on international law, i.e. legally binding norms that have been agreed on and accepted by all states. By substituting “international law” with obscure “rules”, the UK and other Western countries aim to shed the responsibility for their unlawful behaviour, while assuming the right to randomly blame other countries of breaking “rules” to which they had never signed up.


04.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding recent statements by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Syria

Question: How could you comment on the statements by the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a “Sky News” interview on President Assad’s future and the role of Russia in the Syrian peace settlement? Answer: We have taken note of Mr Hunt saying that “regretfully” Bashar al-Assad “is going to be around for a while and that is because of the support that he’s had from Russia” and “Russia may think that it’s gained a sphere of influence [but] you’ve also gained a responsibility”.


31.12.2018 - Interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov for the show, Moscow. Kremlin. Putin, Moscow, December 30, 2018

Question: What is the main outcome of the year for you? Sergey Lavrov: It is difficult to highlight something specific. If we speak about foreign policy, I cannot make an evaluation myself. We have tried to do everything that is necessary in order to fulfill the instructions of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, to implement the foreign political course set by him. It is not for me to judge how successful we were. This should be left to the people to decide, of course, and to the leadership of the Russian Federation.


28.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding the situation with the staffing of the Russian and British diplomatic missions

Question: Could you comment on the statement by Ambassador Yakovenko regarding the forthcoming restoration of the number of Russian and British diplomats, which was subsequently denied by the UK Foreign Office? Answer: We saw the rebuttal by the British side. Here are the facts. In December Russia and the UK have, for the first time since March, issued a number of visas for future employees of the diplomatic missions of the two countries, on the basis of reciprocity.


25.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the Prime Minister’s 2018 Christmas Message to the Armed Forces

Question: How would you comment on Theresa May thanking the UK Armed Forces for “protecting our waters and our skies from Russian intrusion” in her Christmas Message? Answer: We were utterly surprised by the Prime Minister’s rhetoric. An uninitiated reader may fall under the impression that Russia has made attempts to violate the UK air space or territorial waters. This has never been happened.


24.12.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Rossiya Segodnya

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the international news agency Rossiya Segodnya, December 24, 2018


24.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the calls to apply pressure against the Sputnik bureau

Question: Today’s publication by the “Times” contains personal information of 8 employees of the Sputnik bureau in Edinburgh, as well as calls to seize their assets in UK as belonging to the“Kremlin propaganda machine” by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP. How can you comment on that? Answer: Despite being a member of an opposition party, Mr Cole-Hamilton seems to understand intimately the political strategy of the Conservative Government towards Russian media in the UK. Pressure from all sides, ranking from ungrounded accusations to visa and banking problems is the new reality. Few opportunities to hinder the work of our media in the UK have been missed, in defiance of the UK international obligations and the civilized rules of media freedom.


22.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the UK support for the formation of so-called “army of Kosovo”

Question: How do you assess the UK Government position regarding the creation of so-called “national army” of Kosovo? Answer: The decision by Pristina to transform the Kosovo Security Force into full-fledged “armed forces” is a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which is the fundamental international legal act defining the modalities of the Kosovo settlement. Let me remind you that the resolution only allows the deployment of only international contingents in Kosovo.



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