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Title:
The Skripal files : the life and near death of a Russian spy / Mark Urban.
Title Variants:
Life and near death of a Russian spy
ISBN:
9781250207739

9781529006896
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
x, 310 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
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 4 March -- The fight for survival -- 'Highly likely' Russia -- The investigation falters -- The information war -- The long road to recovery.
Abstract:
"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 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 ... 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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Summary

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 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.


Author Notes

Mark Urban is Diplomatic and Defense Editor of the BBC's Newsnight . He has covered many of the world's conflicts during the past twenty-five years, including the Iraq campaign that began in 2003. He is the author of The Skripal Files . He lives in London.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Prologue: An Unlawful Use of Forcep. 1
Part 1 Agent
1 The Pitchp. 7
2 Sergei's Journeyp. 13
3 Into the Darknessp. 24
4 Master Race No Longerp. 41
5 Breakthrough in Madridp. 56
6 Inside the Glass Housep. 70
7 The View from Vauxhallp. 85
8 Back into the Lightp. 99
Part 2 Prisoner
9 Inside Lefortovop. 115
10 Litvinenkop. 129
11 IK 5p. 138
12 Hitmenp. 147
13 The Fateful Letterp. 160
14 Operation Ghost Storiesp. 173
15 Deliverancep. 185
16 Christie Miller Roadp. 198
Part 3 Target
17 Sunday 4 Marchp. 213
18 The Fight for Survivalp. 225
19 'Highly Likely' Russiap. 234
20 The Investigation Faltersp. 254
21 The Information Warp. 270
22 The Long Road to Recoveryp. 286
Indexp. 301