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692 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     684 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

02.03.2019

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the coverage of the Salisbury incident in the Russian media

Question: Today the Financial Times, with reference to a report by King’s College, accused Russian media of misleading the public by publishing 138 “contradictory accounts” of the Salisbiry incident. How would you comment on this?

Answer: Despite the fact that the Salisbury incident happened almost a year ago, the British authorities have not published the results of the police investigation, which, as we understand, is still ongoing. The British and Russian public have to settle for multiple leaks (the vast majority of which appear in the British rather than Russian media) that the government persistently refuses to confirm or deny.

There is substantial interest in Russia for all British media reports on this matter. Considering their inconsistency, the Russian public becomes more and more convinced that the Salisbury incident has been in fact a major anti-Russian set-up. The atmosphere of secrecy created by the British authorities around the investigation yet fuels such belief.

In these circumstances, it is not surprising that Russian journalists and experts try to understand what has really happened in Salisbury, and thus refer to publications of their British colleagues. So, the appearance of some 138 “narratives” (which, as it becomes clear after reading the original report, are not “accounts” or “versions”, but separate points on various aspects of the incident) is, as the Foreign Office put it in one of its Notes Verbales addressed to the Embassy, a manifestation of free public discussion.

 

3 March 2019, 12:00




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