Skripal is “by training, a traitor to his country,” host Kirill Kleimenov said. “I don’t wish death on anyone,” he added, “but for purely educational purposes, for anyone who dreams of such a career, I have a warning: being a traitor is one of the most dangerous professions in the world.”
Though couched as a commentary, the prominence of the statement, and its placement in the evening newscast of the country’s main national TV channel, dovetailed with the adamant denials of Russian involvement, given by the Foreign Ministry and other official sources.
British officials have said the substance believed to have been used in poisoning Skripal and his daughter Yulia was a nerve agent, a toxin that requires sophisticated chemical expertise and laboratory equipment. Both remain hospitalized in critical condition; up to 21 police officers were also treated for exposure.