These two fellows (Ruslan on the left) are alleged to have carried out the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March. Appearances can be deceptive but they don’t look like highly trained assassins to me. We are told Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are not their real names. They are “believed to be” from GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. I watched Prime Minister May give her statement to the House yesterday and her narrative describing this attack on Britain was compelling. Echo chambers are available aplenty online for those who believe the UK regime’s story – and for those who think it is a pack of lies. Pick your own.
From the commentary and analysis I have read and watched today, I have been exercised by one peculiarity (among many).
Starting point: I accept that Theresa May is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about Salisbury and the evil Russians. I am very disappointed, therefore, that extradition of Alexander and Ruslan is not being considered. The UK says this is because Russia has constitutional rules that prevent it from extraditing its citizens. This afternoon, Vassily Nebenzia, Russian envoy to the United Nations, seemed to be encouraging the UK to at least ask. I think the UK will pass on his invitation. The last thing May’s “government” wants is for President Putin to deliver the two men to London to face trial. Evidence of guilt will then have to be produced. And light may fall on UK regime dark deeds. Perfidious Albion will, I think, settle for the European Arrest Warrant (to demonstrate seriousness) and keep fingers crossed that Ruslan and Ludmilla stay within Federation borders for the rest of their lives.
I hope, one day, that whoever did attempt to do the Skripals harm, and by reckless action caused the death of Dawn Sturgess, will be brought to book and punished appropriately.
The 250 detectives who have spent the last few months watching CCTV and taking statements are now free to go in search of Real British Criminals who commit unspeakable offenses on an industrial scale that lead to way more than one death and infinitely more misery than has been ascribed to this Russian couple (and their masters).
Oh, please don’t bomb Syria again Mrs. M. Not in my name. And let Yulia go home.
On the 7th August 1880, the unfortunate George MARTIN appeared before the Bridlington Petty Sessions. This insignificant event passed me by on Tuesday so I made a note to update the story next year. This morning the Radio Five Live breakfast news informed me that “America” was intending to impose more sanctions on Russia for poisoning the Skripals. And yesterday several social media companies in the vicinity of San Francisco wiped Alex Jones’ Info Wars from their platforms. News of other hideous events appeared during the day. They all seemed to be connected.
I wrote a brief post about poor George in Looking at Filey a few years ago. Here is the syndicated news report that also appeared in The Scarborough Mercury.
I added the following comment:-
The only likely young George MARTIN I could find was George J., aged 20 in 1881, a jet worker living with his widowed aunt at Pier, Whitby (RG114834 f95). I hope this was the wanderer because the record suggests he had three things going for him – a roof over his head, a wage coming in and family to care for him – enough to keep the demons at bay, perhaps. I wonder what became of him.
With access to more sources, I looked again and found evidence to support my hunch. Two months earlier a Whitby jet worker of the same name had appeared before a Scarborough court.
I think there is just enough here to proceed on the assumption that these disturbed Georges are one and the same – and that he was with his Aunt in Whitby when the census enumerator came to call the following year.
I did some more detective work but failed to discover what became of George. I found out, though, that tragedy attended his birth. He was just a few days old, at most a month or so, when a terrific storm hit the northeast coast of England. Many vessels were driven on shore and wrecked. A lot of sailors lost their lives. The Whitby lifeboat went out at least five times and rescued a number of men before a particularly nasty combination of waves, rebounding from the stricken vessel Merchant of Maldon, turned the lifeboat over. Only one of the crew survived. Of the twelve that drowned…
Six of the bodies, viz., Isaac Dobson, Matthew Laidley, Wm. Walker, Wm, Storr, Wm. Tyneman, and George Martin, were recovered on the same day. The majority of these twelve men had saved the crews of five vessels that day; and these brave fellows, especially the Storrs and the Laidleys, had on many occasions within the last twenty years heroically and devotedly risked their lives for the preservation of others; and it mattered not how tempestuous the storm, or how heavy the sea, if they saw their fellow creatures in imminent danger, they would make intrepid and strenuous exertions to save them.
This Yorkshire Gazette account of 16 February notes those left behind included “Geo. Martin, aged 25, wife and infant”, and says, “It may also be remarked that George Martin’s brother and Christopher Collins’s brother were drowned by the upsetting of a coble on February 4th, 1842.”
When the 1861 Census was taken a few weeks later, on the 7th of April, infant George James was with his mother Jane at the home in Cragg, Whitby, of her older sister Ann, and husband Mark WINN. Ten years later Jane and George were enumerated at Pier, Whitby. And, as noted earlier, in 1881 widow Ann Winn, aged 60, is recorded at Pier with George James and niece Ellen NORTON, aged 12. Sources indicate that Jane had remarried and was living nearby, at Cragg, with husband William LEWIS and 24-year-old stepson, Henry – a police constable! (You couldn’t make it up.)
The WILTON girls, Ann and Jane, can be found on FamilySearch Tree, and Mark WINN too, but they are as yet “unconnected”. I couldn’t find the Georges Martin but they may be on the World Tree somewhere.
The bravery of those Whitby fishermen and sailors, who risked their lives to save others, is in marked contrast to the behavior of “men” nowadays. A couple of news reports today say a Saudi led airstrike on Yemen has killed fifty people, most of them children in a school bus, and a report just released tells us that monks and teachers at Ampleforth and Downside schools have been sexually abusing children for over 40 years.
It seems unlikely that America will impose sanctions on the Saudis for slaughtering innocents. Perhaps it will be argued that International Law hasn’t been broken.
Unless I have missed something, there has been no evidence presented yet to prove that Russia tried to kill the Skripals with Novichok. The regimes in the United States, UK, some EU countries, Arab States, Israel – lunatics all and, terrifyingly, at large. (Many of their misdeeds are, of course, not reported at all.)
From 2 minutes to about 28. ‘Ware F-Bombs; (Richie triggered is a wonderful thing).
Two divergent views on the Skripal Case – on two very different media platforms.
Both interviewees were intelligence officers, Annie Machon with MI5 and Boris Volodarsky with the Soviet Army (GRU Spetsnaz).
Annie has her own website and this makes her somewhat less spooky.
The UK regime pushed its difficult to swallow narrative very hard from the outset and set an attack dog onto poor Rachel Burdon, a Five Live Breakfast Programme presenter. I really like Rachel. She has a good heart and doesn’t deserve having to work for the BBC. Richie Allen offered his views on her exchange with Tom Tugenhadt, Conservative MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling, on the 13th March. Don’t listen if you are offended by f-bombs.
A middleweight contest between the United Kingdom regime and the Russian Federation government:-
In the Blue corner, Novichok.
In the Red corner, BZ.
The probable winner of this bout will be Novichok, on points, because the referee and judges are in fear of their lives.
I refuse to give the BBC money but caught the exchange between one of their charmless interviewers, Stephen Sackur, and Sergey Lavrov on YuoTube. This is worth watching for tips on how to be an ignorant arsehole, and how to deal with an ignorant arsehole in a dignified, sympathetic manner. The Russian Foreign Minister briefly mentioned BZ but Sackur had clearly been warned to dodge this bullet and move quickly on.
BZ is a problem the UK regime has to deal with and they have begun their disinformation campaign today. The existence of this highly likely (to have poisoned the Skripals) substance is totally ignored. Instead, they are telling the British Public, because they think people are stupid, that the Novichok was delivered in a liquid form. It did not kill the Skripal’s because it was raining that day, but the Novichok is still in Salisbury, in the double agent’s house, and in Salisbury town centre. Over the next few months, there is going to be a very costly cleanup operation at nine sites around the town. There is no danger to Salisbury residents from what is left of the very tiny amount of Novichok that failed to kill the Skripals, even though it was in a very pure form when samples were delivered to the OPCW. Hang on a minute, I thought it was raining…
Experts in nerve agents were disbelieving when they first heard the regime’s story. I imagine they will love another opportunity to debunk it and then ask, “Hey, what about BZ?”
A heavyweight contest between a Christian democracy and a fascistic alliance of evil buggers.
In the Lies corner, an Assad attack against his own people.
In the Fairy Story corner, a film by the White Helmets.
The winner is going to be the fairy story. The members of the OPCW, who are in Douma now to begin their investigation, will be unwilling to issue a true report when it could get them killed. (America’s Top Maniac, John Bolton, encouraged a previous director of the OPCW to resign by telling him, “we know where your kids are”.)
It will be regrettable if the Russian Federation assertion that the gas attack was a fabrication is not verified but the situation the world now finds itself in will not materially change. Indeed, it will probably prove to be a positive result for all who wish to speak truth to corrupt power and naked aggression. When the masks of the deranged slip, people realize, perhaps for the first time, what monsters look like. Flight isn’t an option. Fight is.
The BBC’s Phobia inducing Thought for the Day this morning was – the Russians are hacking everybody’s computers. This had a short shelf life; I haven’t heard it repeated since lunchtime. I wonder what the regime’s Propaganda Division will regale us with tomorrow. When will they tell us about Israel firing missiles into Syria?
Finally today, A Public Statement from The Vets Salisbury (not dated)
As you’ve probably heard in the public domain, Mr Skripal is one of our clients. Today, the government has revealed two guinea pigs belonging to Mr Skripal died and his cat was put down after the unfortunate nerve agent attack on Mr Skripal.
We contacted the police straightaway upon hearing the news that Mr Skripal had been admitted to hospital, and a number of times afterwards, to make them aware of Mr Skripal’s pets and their needs.
We contacted Porton Down – in case the animals may have been taken into isolation. We also offered to take care of Mr Skripal’s pets in his absence. We were never contacted by the police or Porton Down in return regarding Mr Skripal’s pets.
It wasn’t bliss to be alive in this dawn – to hear that the United States, United Kingdom, and France had bombed Syria. But to be old is very heaven. I think I have had enough of this rotten world.
I think I was in my early teens when my father told me that he wanted me to always “be honest” and “tell the truth”. He impressed upon me that there would be occasions when liars would get the better of me. They would profit and I would be a loser. He got that right.
So, it was distressing to hear that Syria, a country that has been mortared and bombed enough already, was being illegally attacked again on the weakness of lies. The timing of the Assad government’s alleged chemical attack in Douma made no sense whatsoever. The departing Jaish al-Islam were the only ones with a motive and, with the help of the duplicitous White Helmets, a video of the “fabrication” was quickly put on social media, prompting the New Axis of Evil to act as the terrorists’ air force.
The French President told the world he had “proof” that President Assad was responsible for the Douma atrocity. Weasel words if you don’t then offer the proof. The Russians also had proof, that the terrorists did it, and made it available to the world. They also invited the OPCW to Douma to undertake its own forensic investigation of the site where the chemicals were released, to interview local people and take hair samples.
Compare this openness to the refusal of the United Kingdom to give samples of the Novichok that Russian agents are accused of delivering to the Skripals.
The OPCW has reported on their tests of the Salisbury Novichok and the British media has been full of the organization’s report confirming the findings of the UK scientists. It was a confirmation of sorts. Unfortunately for May and Johnson, the report as delivered seems to have been incomplete. The OPCW sent samples to four independent laboratories for testing and one, in Switzerland, found another chemical, as well as the Novichok. A poison called BZ that was developed by the United States in the 1950s and has never been produced in the Soviet Union or Russia.
There is little point making much of this. (You are not likely to hear about it on the BBC.) The War Criminals have already made up their minds, to prolong the misery of the Syrian people until they get what they want – “regime change”.
But what is really interesting about BZ is that it isn’t intended to kill, just to incapacitate any victim who breathes in a spray of the poison. The mystery of how the Skripals survived a military grade nerve agent is, perhaps, answered. Father and daughter had enjoyed five hours together in Salisbury and then, in the space of 75 yards, they went from walking normally through a mall to being slumped on a bench. So, who sprayed them? We have all seen the CCTV pictures of the Skripals in the Mall. If there are any images of the attacker we will probably never see them. Will we ever see the Skripals again, alive and well?
If the “story” about BZ is true, the OPCW has a lot to answer for, and perhaps its integrity for any findings it makes in Douma will be called into question. But that organization’s discomfiture will be nothing compared to that of the British Government. Even if it proves to be fake news, I think one can conclude that if you see the mouths of Trump, May, and Johnson moving on TV – they’re lying.
With all life on this planet at stake, honesty really should the best policy.
You will have noticed I have been somewhat distracted the last few days. I may get back to researching events in Filey history in a week or two. I am continuing to do the drudge work of preparing gravestone photos for uploading to FamilySearch Tree and adding information to some Filey family genealogies. I’ll continue to post a photo a day. I am so angry and ashamed of my country’s government, though – and infuriated by its propaganda arm, the BBC – that I spend most of the days now looking into their disinformation.
(Six hours after the BZ news broke on RT – where else? – the BBC is still keeping shtum. This is no surprise because it doesn’t fit the UK narrative. Lavrov’s probity is clearly on the line.)