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LONDON, U.K.—Salisbury is a nice old English town with a fine cathedral, only an hour and a half from London by train, but it doesn’t see many Russian tourists in wintertime. It’s not as cold as Moscow, but Russians tend to prefer Mediterranean destinations for holiday breaks in early March—unless, of course, they are planning to kill somebody. The person of interest in Salisbury was Sergei Skripal, a former member of the Russian military intelligence service who started

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30 minutes in Salisbury

By Gwynne Dyer      

The situation got weird when Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly urged the two men to go on TV, and last Thursday, they appeared on RT, a Russian international news channel, to explain their brief trip.

Britain has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of sending assassins to kill former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and of using a banned weapon. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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