Novichoc: From Russia with Love
I don't readily comment on actions by other media but the decision by the Russian state broadcaster Russia Today to send out to other Russian state broadcasters like TVRain chocolate models of Salisbury cathedral as a Christmas gift is one of the sickest messages I have seen at a time of festive cheer. And I am surprised that TVRain was so uncritical.
As a report in theIndependent shows it has rightly raised hackles in Salisbury a city disrupted by the botched assassination attempt of a former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter using the lethal poison Novichok. This later tragically led to the manslaughter of Dawn Sturgess, another Salisbury resident. Her partner Charlie Rowley is still ill.
The idea that there is anything remotely funny about sending gifts of a chocolate Salisbury cathedral as a Christmas present from Russia to well wishers and supporters suggests those involved have a really disturbed mindset.
Everybody knows that the cover story of the two agents posing as tourists about visiting Salisbury Cathedral broadcast on Russia Today was an absurd explanation.
The only sad thing is that it is also a reminder every time Theresa May talks about leaving the EU to " take back control of our borders" also looks pretty sick. This is particularly so when a couple from a non EU country can get into the UK intending to commit murder with impunity under the noses of our own security forces.
So I hope anyone who received such a gift from the Russians in the UK put it in the bin where it belongs.