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Going to the World Cup in Russia? : Warning to be careful from senior Tory MP

by on March 13, 2018 in Events & Awards, Latest News, Lead Article, Nuggets

Going to the World Cup in Russia? :  Warning to be careful from senior Tory MP

England football fans travelling to the 2018 World Cup in Russia may be targeted in reprisal attacks after the Kremlin was accused of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal, a senior Tory MP has claimed.

Tom Tugendhat, who chairs the foreign affairs select committee, warned that those travelling to Russia should be “very careful”. 

Russian football fans have a history of targeting their English counterparts and Mr Tugendhat was concerned they may choose to use the recent accusations surrounding Mr Skripal’s poisoning as a reason to reignite violence.

Mr Skripal, a former Russian spy turned double agent, is in intensive care with his daughter, Yulia, after they were exposed to a nerve agent.

The attack has drawn immediate comparison to the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, who fell ill after ingesting radioactive polonium-210 believed to have been administered in a cup of tea.

Investigators are understood to be reviewing the death of Mr Litvinenko, a former officer in Russia’s security service, to see if there are any similarities between the modus operandi of that case and the attack on Mr Skripal.

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