What the Skripal Attack Exposed About Russian Tradecraft

| Nick Fishwick
Nick Fishwick
Former Senior Member of the British Foreign Office

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that two Russian nationals accused of poisoning British citizens in an attempted assassination of a former military intelligence officer, are just ordinary citizens themselves and not Russian agents.

British Prime Minister Theresa May begs to differ.  May told Parliament last week that the two Russian suspects are “officers from the Russian military intelligence service” whose actions had been approved at “a senior level of the Russian state”.

How did we get here and why are experts so concerned about what they see as a shift in Russian tradecraft?  Cipher Brief Expert and Former Senior Member of the British Foreign Office, Nick Fishwick answers both questions.

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The Author is Nick Fishwick

Nick Fishwick CMG retired in 2012 after nearly thirty years in the British Foreign Service. He did postings in Lagos, Istanbul and Kabul. His responsibilities in London included director of security and, after returning from Afghanistan in 2007, director for counter-terrorism. His final role was as director general for international operations. Nick Fishwick also spent three years on a secondment to UK Customs, specialising in international drug enforcement and tax evasion issues.

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