Novichok victim Sergei Skripal & # 39; first heard & # 39; since the assassination attempt & # 39; while he & # 39; leave voicemail for his mother & # 39;
- A recording has appeared in which it is suggested that Sergei Skripal leaves a telephone message
- He can be heard leaving a day off for Victory for his mother and niece
- Skripal says he and daughter Yulia, who is also poisoned, & # 39; good & # 39; to do
- If it were real, it would be the first known recording of him, because he barely survived being poisoned with Novichok in Salisbury last year
An audio tape has appeared that claims to be the first known recording of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal since he was poisoned by Novichok in Salisbury last year.
The 30-second recording consists of a voicemail that Sergei apparently left with his cousin Viktoria, calling for her and her mother Yelena to wish them a happy day of victory – a great holiday in Russia.
On the tape the man is told that he and Yulia – the name of Skripal & # 39; s daughter who is also poisoned – & # 39; good & # 39; to be.
Sergei Skripal has not been seen or heard in public since he barely survived, poisoned with nerve agent in Salisbury, together with daughter Yulia (left) last year
According to the Moskovsky Komsomilets newspaper, Skripal called on Viktoria's cell phone and left a message when she didn't answer.
Unlike his daughter Yulia, 34, Sergei had not been seen or heard since being poisoned with nerves on March 4, 2018, at his home in Salisbury.
Yulia, with a tracheotomy scar on her throat, gave an interview at a secret location that was released on May 23.
In it, she says that she and her father were lucky to have both survived this attempted murder, describing their recovery as & # 39; slow and very painful & # 39 ;.
& # 39; As I try to cope with the devastating changes being made to me physically and emotionally, I take one day a day and want to take care of my father until he is fully recovered, "she said.
& # 39; In the longer term, I hope to return to my country. & # 39;
In his message, Skripal says: & # 39; Hello, Vikulya (nickname for Viktoria), it's Uncle Seryozha (Sergei). I tried to reach you, but constantly (it says) & # 39; the subscriber is not responding & # 39 ;.
Yulia gave a video interview in May last year in which she read a prepared statement and said she was lucky she was alive after the attack
& # 39; Anyway … congratulations on your vacation, wish you all the best!
& # 39; Wanted to know how you are, how is Senka's finger (nickname for Arseny, Viktoria & # 39; s husband)?
& # 39; Haha. Well, I'm OK, not just me, Yulka (Yulia) is good too.
& # 39; Everything is okay. Congratulate mummy during the holidays, on Victory Day. Contact us later. & # 39;
The newspaper said that Viktoria & # 39; has no doubt that it was her uncle calling & # 39 ;.
Previously, Viktoria had told the media that she believed Sergei was dead – and that Britain was hiding it.
Russian authorities have not yet commented on the audio tape.
The British government has accused Russia of committing the attack, and the minister said that & # 39; most likely & # 39; was ordered by Vladimir Putin himself.
The attack killed one person – Dawn Sturgess – who accidentally came in contact with the poison and led to a major remediation operation in Salisbury that lasted for months
Britain accuses Russia for the attack and two GRU agents with pseudonyms Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who have been exposed as Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin
Authorities then identified the perpetrators as two Russian GRU agents who entered the country with passports named Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom they said were almost certainly pseudonyms.
Open-source intelligence website Bellingcat later identified the two men as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga and Dr. Alexander Mishkin.
Russia has denied that it has anything to do with poisoning, and has reprimanded the British government while trying to discredit evidence of the chemical used.
The British embassy of the country has also repeatedly requested consular access to the Skripals and accuses Britain of violating international standards by not allowing it.
Skripal was a former Russian spy who became a double agent for the British security services who settled in the United Kingdom in 2010 after the spy swap of the Illegals program.
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