Post by Oleg Smirnov
Now the island stinkers have refused to give Skripal's cousine visa under
pretext that Yulia is not willing to see any relatives from Russia. The
pretext looks obviously bogus. In the phone call Yulia said clearly to her
cousine that the latter should expect certain denial of visa, which hints
that the real reason is not her unwillingness but rather the unwillingness
of the island government.
The whole purpose of any visa system is to enable the country concerned
to refuse entry to anyone it doesn't want. It's a right any sovereign
Russian citizens do not have automatice right of entry into the UK.
They are subject to visa requirements.
"The British Consulate refused to issue a visa for the niece of ex-GRU
Colonel Sergey Skripal, Viktoria, for several reasons. First of all, the
diplomatic department found the purpose of the visit of the Russian
woman unconvincing, BBC reports citing the copy of the denial notification.
"In particular, in her application, Viktoria Skripal wrote that she
intended to visit her relatives in the UK, to which the consulate noted
that there was “no evidence that she had previously visited Sergei and
Yulia Skripal in the UK.” In addition, it is specified in the document
that Sergey Skripal is not in a position to receive guests now. And
finally, the diplomats are not confident that Yulia Skripal wants this
"On top of everything else, Viktoria Skripal could not provide documents
on her financial solvency - the department doubted that she has
sufficient funds for travel expenses, as well as for a long stay in Britain.
"In her application, the woman specified she was unemployed; she
negatively answered the question of whether she had sponsors, savings or
other sources of income."
I read that the CIA and the FBI are now working together to get the Skripals
new identities in the US.
Let us hope that will keep them safe.