The Skripal files The life and near death of a Russian spy

Mark Urban, 1961-

Book - 2018

"The explosive story of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and what it reveals about the growing clandestine conflict between the West and Russia. Salisbury, England: March 4, 2018: slumped on a bench, paralyzed and barely able to breathe, were a former Russian intelligence officer named Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Sergei had been living a quiet life in England since 2010, when he was expelled from Russia as part of a spy swap; he had been serving a lengthy p...rison sentence for working secretly for the British intelligence agency MI6. On this Sunday afternoon, he and his daughter had just finished lunch at a local restaurant when they started to feel faint. Within minutes they were close to death. The Skripals had been poisoned, not with a familiar toxin but with Novichok, a deadly nerve agent developed in southern Russia. Was this a message from the Kremlin that traitors would not escape violent death, even on British soil? As Sergei and Yulia fought for their lives, and the British government and their allies sought answers, relations between the West and Russia descended to a new low. The Skripal Files is a remarkable and definitive account of Sergei Skripal's story, which lays bare the new spy war between Russia and the West. Mark Urban, the diplomatic and defense editor for the BBC, met with Skripal in the months before his poisoning, learning about his career in Russian military intelligence, how he became a British agent, his imprisonment in Russia, and the events that led to his release. Skripal's first-hand accounts and experiences reveal the high stakes of a new spy game that harks back to the chilliest days of the Cold War."--Dust jacket.

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Biographies
Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
x, 310 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250207739
1250207738
Main Author
Mark Urban, 1961- (author)
  • Prologue: An unlawful use of force
  • Part one: Agent. The pitch ; Sergei's journey ; Into the darkness ; Master race no longer ; Breakthrough in Madrid ; Inside the glass house ; The view from Vauxhall ; Back into the light
  • Part two: Prisoner. Inside Lefortovo ; Litvinenko ; IK 5 ; Hitmen ; The fateful letter ; Operation Ghost Stories ; Deliverance ; Christie Miller Road
  • Part three: Target. Sunday march ; The fight for survival ; 'Highly likely' Russia ; The investigation falters ; The information war ; The long road to recovery.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Recounts the story of the Russian spy who was imprisoned for secretly working for Britain's MI6, his expulsion from Russia, and the poisoning that nearly killed him, and discusses what it reveals about the growing clandestine conflict between the West and Russia.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Tells the explosive story of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and what it reveals about the growing clandestine conflict between the West and Russia.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The explosive story of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and what it reveals about the growing clandestine conflict between the West and RussiaSalisbury, England: March 4, 2018.Slumped on a bench, paralyzed and barely able to breathe, were a former Russian intelligence officer named Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Sergei had been living a quiet life in England since 2010, when he was expelled from Russia as part of a spy swap; he had been serving a lengthy prison sentence for working secretly for the British intelligence agency MI6. On this Sunday afternoon, he and his daughter had just finished lunch at a local restaurant when they started to feel faint. Within minutes they were close to death.The Skripals had been poisoned, not with a familiar toxin but with Novichok, a deadly nerve agent developed in southern Russia. Was this a message from the Kremlin that traitors would not escape violent death, even on British soil? As Sergei and Yulia fought for their lives, and the British government and their allies sought answers, relations between the West and Russia descended to a new low.The Skripal Files is a remarkable and definitive account of Sergei Skripal’s story, which lays bare the new spy war between Russia and the West. Mark Urban, the diplomatic and defense editor for the BBC, met with Skripal in the months before his poisoning, learning about his career in Russian military intelligence, how he became a British agent, his imprisonment in Russia, and the events that led to his release. Skripal’s first-hand accounts and experiences reveal the high stakes of a new spy game that harks back to the chilliest days of the Cold War.