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Vladimir Putin has ‘army of sleeper agents in UK ready to strike with Novichok attacks’

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun1,2024

Vladimir Putin has an army of sleeper agents who have already infiltrated the UK – and they are ready to strike with terrifying nerve toxin chemical weapon attacks.

That’s the view of experts in terrorism and radicalisation who warn that Britain is not ready to deal with this threat.

Professor Anthony Glees from the University of Buckingham says that our country has been penetrated by covert operatives who are now embedding themselves within the nation.

He claims Putin was emboldened by the UK’s weak response to the Sergei Skripal poisoning incident.

Last weekend marked the sixth anniversary of double-agent Skripel being released from hospital after he nearly died having been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

At the time of the 2018 attack, Russian agents were already making significant efforts to influence British life, which included meddling in the Brexit referendum campaign, noted John Strawson from the University of East London.

He pointed out that back then, the UK and other Western nations were attempting to maintain amicable relations with Vladimir Putin while misjudging his long-term ambitions. Now, experts warn, the situation has become even more perilous, reports the Mirror.

Prof Glees issued a stark warning about the threat posed by Putin to the UK and other NATO allies. He said: “The threat we face from Putin here in the UK and in every other allied NATO state is as sinister as it is dangerous. There can be no doubt that we’re seeing a major escalation in GRU attacks on us.

“The critical question that only our intelligence agencies can answer is whether they are an act of truculent desperation by Putin or, as I increasingly fear, the prelude to something much bigger and highly lethal, an attempt by Putin to laterally, or horizontally, (expand) the war he’s currently waging against Ukraine to those of us in NATO who are arming that brave nation and willing it to repel Russia.”

Meanwhile, Prof Strawson noted a new phase in Russian attacks in the UK. He stated: “They have stepped up attacks in March and April with supplies going to Ukraine, it seems to have entered a new phase by not just getting rid of an opponent but also trying to affect a strategic relationship like the UK has with Ukraine.”

Last week, the UK expelled Russia‘s defence attache Col Maxim Elovik, with Home Secretary James Cleverly revealing that he was an “undeclared military intelligence officer”. Having been in the UK since 2014, this marks the first time a Russian defence attache has been expelled since the Cold War.

Amid the fallout of Elovik’s extraction, Russia is pivoting towards enlisting homegrown spies in Britain who pose a considerably more elusive target for detection, it’s been claimed.

Richard Strawson, a professor of political science, agrees. He said: “There have been 300 or 400 people expelled from European countries (after the war with Ukraine) but these were the known faces. Intelligence services change tactics, use manipulation and can try and use people from inside as they are more difficult to detect.”

This strategy presents the terrifying possibility of innumerable undercover operatives ingrained across the UK, often referred to as “sleepers,” who are on standby to obey commands emanating from Moscow. This scenario mirrors the unnerving events witnessed half a decade ago when Russia sought revenge against one of its estranged spies.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found lying unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury after being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. The attack reinforced a message about the power and reach of Putin’s regime – and its readiness to resort to extreme measures.

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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  1. As an expert in national security, I am deeply concerned about the alarming reports of potential Novichok attacks orchestrated by Vladimir Putin’s sleeper agents in the UK. It is imperative that our government takes immediate and decisive action to counter this serious threat to our safety and national security.

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