Critically ill man 'former Russian spy'

So very interesting all the different news stories - Italian friends telling me 38 areas cordoned off in Salisbury. Spanish students don't seem worried at all. As a resident of Salisbury, just waiting for the true findings to be released. Other than that life goes on - various locations closed.
 
Thanks, tell us more. Presumably the bank has to apply a reasonable standard of proof and there are sanctions for not doing so?
Financial intermediaries must satisfy themselves as to the origin of funds and/or the reason for transfer and/or the receiving party. That's why a bank will ask what seem like intrusive questions; it's a legal obligation.

Non-compliance is very expensive. See https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=r...x-b&gfe_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=xjSwWr7CJqqBtgfaq5iIDQ

The difficulty for banks is one of legal transparency. Some semi-respectable jurisdictions have made it difficult to identify the ultimate beneficiary of a bank account by allowing the use of truly opaque ownership structures. Most of these jurisdictions are also tax havens. In the end, that will be their demise.
 
An interesting article from Le Monde quoting a subsequently removed Nia Rovosti release:

En Russie, des témoignages accablants sur le programme « Novitchok »

In essence, the Russian / Ex-Soviet scientist saying "there was never a Novitchok program in the USSR. It was called Novitchok-5".

And: "Because they are still alive (the victims in the UK) means it cannot be Novitchok."
 
And: "Because they are still alive (the victims in the UK) means it cannot be Novitchok."

It depends how "alive" the victims are. Sadly, I suspect a great deal of life support technology is required.

Prof Leonid Rink last worked on the soviet/Russian chemical weapons programme 20 years ago. He may just be a teeny bit out of date with subsequent developments.

Its also worth noting that just about any noteworthy Russian emigre with ties back to the mother country is busy making statements that favour the Kremlin view. This is especially true for scientists, academics, ex-servicemen and others who may have made a new life in the international community, but who now find themselves regarded as potential traitors by a "new soviet" regime that has now turned the clock back thirty or forty years.
 
It depends how "alive" the victims are. Sadly, I suspect a great deal of life support technology is required.

Prof Leonid Rink last worked on the soviet/Russian chemical weapons programme 20 years ago. He may just be a teeny bit out of date with subsequent developments.

Its also worth noting that just about any noteworthy Russian emigre with ties back to the mother country is busy making statements that favour the Kremlin view. This is especially true for scientists, academics, ex-servicemen and others who may have made a new life in the international community, but who now find themselves regarded as potential traitors by a "new soviet" regime that has now turned the clock back thirty or forty years.
Agreed. I believe it was reported on the BBC yesterday that both of them are in comas. While they are stable, there is no indication that they will recover.
 
It depends how "alive" the victims are. Sadly, I suspect a great deal of life support technology is required.

Prof Leonid Rink last worked on the soviet/Russian chemical weapons programme 20 years ago. He may just be a teeny bit out of date with subsequent developments.

Its also worth noting that just about any noteworthy Russian emigre with ties back to the mother country is busy making statements that favour the Kremlin view. This is especially true for scientists, academics, ex-servicemen and others who may have made a new life in the international community, but who now find themselves regarded as potential traitors by a "new soviet" regime that has now turned the clock back thirty or forty years.
He does indeed have a tad of bias. The 'nice' thing about the article was how his quotes were hastily removed by the Russian news agency when they realised the implications.
 
Financial intermediaries must satisfy themselves as to the origin of funds and/or the reason for transfer and/or the receiving party. That's why a bank will ask what seem like intrusive questions; it's a legal obligation.
I can only guess that a rather flexible approach is adopted, depending on the applicant.

Anyone who has opened a new bank account within the last few years will be aware of the various hoops that have to be jumped through first. That's just for modest Joe Soap. It can be a slightly irksome process and it is relatively easy to fall at any hurdle.

In a similar fashion, individuals can have their existing accounts cancelled without notice if upon the whim of the bank if 'unusual or suspicious activity' is suspected by the bank (more likely a computer algorithm). The nature of the activity does not have to be disclosed to the account holder and there will be no explanation or appeal process. No further communication between bank and account holder will be entertained.

Conversely, Dmitri, arrives on the scene wishing to invest £millions, none of which can be satisfactorily accounted for and for which no amount of due diligence can realistically trace its antecedents or even those of the intending investor and he will be waved through.

It's the banks and financial institutions flamboyantly demonstrating diligence where it is most easy to do so. Where £millions or £billions are involved, it's probably worth taking a punt.
 
I can only guess that a rather flexible approach is adopted, depending on the applicant.

Anyone who has opened a new bank account within the last few years will be aware of the various hoops that have to be jumped through first. That's just for modest Joe Soap. It can be a slightly irksome process and it is relatively easy to fall at any hurdle.

In a similar fashion, individuals can have their existing accounts cancelled without notice if upon the whim of the bank if 'unusual or suspicious activity' is suspected by the bank (more likely a computer algorithm). The nature of the activity does not have to be disclosed to the account holder and there will be no explanation or appeal process. No further communication between bank and account holder will be entertained.

Conversely, Dmitri, arrives on the scene wishing to invest £millions, none of which can be satisfactorily accounted for and for which no amount of due diligence can realistically trace its antecedents or even those of the intending investor and he will be waved through.

It's the banks and financial institutions flamboyantly demonstrating diligence where it is most easy to do so. Where £millions or £billions are involved, it's probably worth taking a punt.

Rubbish, you're waffling.
 
Sorry if this has already been answered (1471 posts is a lot to check!) but do they know which individual carried out the attack?
No. At least, no names have been made public at this time. I think police released stills from a CCTV video that showed a man and woman they were interested in talking to, but they haven't been traced yet.
 
Corbyn is weak and feeble, and if PM can easily be intimidated. Watch out for pro Lab manipulation at our next GE as with Trump last US Election.
Theresa May isn't much better and Boris pokin yon lion with his stick with t'orses ed handle ,isn't helping much either if I remember Wallace the lion et young Albert......
 
Very interesting and in-depth article here about all of these Russian oligarchs, how they are connected and the sort of dodgy things they get upto and how it ties in with so many of them being killed off. There's suggestion that the British state has deliberately turned a blind eye to it after the Litvinenko murder with Polonium 210.

From Russia With Blood
much like this then....
Seems them there Russian and Balkan Types are quite fond ofoffing each other in various mundane or exotic ways depending on the wealth level ,degree of criminality or closeness to the Russian Govt.
 
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Finally the Russians go into phase 2 of the denial/blame game, wonder why that were so slow off the mark this time....probably now confident that they have covered their trail.
 

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