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The Skripal files : the life and near death of a Russian spy

Author: Mark Urban
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The explosive story of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and what it reveals about the growing clandestine conflict between the West and Russia. Salisbury, England: March 4, 2018: slumped on a bench, paralyzed and barely able to breathe, were a former Russian intelligence officer named Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Sergei had been living a quiet life in England since 2010, when he was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Sergei Skripal
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Urban
ISBN: 9781250207739 1250207738 9781529006896 1529006899
OCLC Number: 1052796720
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 310 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: An unlawful use of force --
Part one. Agent. The pitch --
Sergei's journey --
Into the darkness --
Master race no longer --
Breakthrough in Madrid --
Inside the glass house --
The view from Vauxhall --
Back into the light --
Part two: Prisoner. Inside Lefortovo --
Litvinenko --
IK 5 --
Hitmen --
The fateful letter --
Operation Ghost Stories --
Deliverance --
Christie Miller Road --
Part three. Target. Sunday 4 March --
The fight for survival --
'Highly likely' Russia --
The investigation falters --
The information war --
The long road to recovery.
Other Titles: Life and near death of a Russian spy
Responsibility: Mark Urban.

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From the heart of the cold war to the current hostilities between Russia and the West, this is the definitive account of the events that led to the Skripal poisoning  Read more...

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