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Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia: It is more likely that they would recover from eating dodgy porridge than from a deadly nerve agent.

The theories about the Salisbury poisoning are getting wilder and wilder – or are they?

When the story first broke about former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia having been poisoned, a commenter to This Site suggested the following:

As soon as I heard about this case, the symptoms immediately made me think of botulism food poisoning. A good friend nearly died from botulism from tinned tuna, becoming ill nearly 48 hrs after eating it. She was in a coma for a week. Its a very serious, often fatal poisoning, and is non-infectious, and the botulism toxin disrupts nerve function.

The cereal brought to Mr Skripal contained buckwheat, we are told, and I understand buckwheat honey is capable of carrying botulism. Whether that translates to this foodstuff, I am not qualified to speculate.

Signs and symptoms of foodborne botulism include:
  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Facial weakness on both sides of the face.
  • Blurred or double vision.
  • Drooping eyelids.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.
  • Paralysis.

There is certainly a similarity to the symptoms claimed of Novichok nerve agents. But is it close enough?

If it is food poisoning, what does this tell us about everything we’ve been told so far?

The authorities have told us that the poison was concentrated on the Skripals’ front door – and I’m not familiar with any Russian custom that involves smearing porridge on the entrance to one’s home.

And how could it get to the restaurant in the centre of Salisbury, or the park bench where father and daughter were found?

Come to that, how could DS Nick Bailey have been poisoned with a substance he can’t possibly have ingested?

As the stories get wilder, they are becoming harder to believe.

We’re told the woman who brought the cereal has been questioned by police, in a bid to find the alleged assassins.

That seems to be fantasy of the silliest kind. Logic suggests that – if it was food poisoning from a cereal – it was accidental, not intentional.

But Theresa May and her government leapt to accuse Russia without considering all the possibilities or consequences, and they can’t back down without being shown up as the fools they are.

Police probing the poisoning of ex-Russian agent Sergei Skripal have questioned a woman who brought him his favourite porridge from Moscow, according to new claims.

The sixty-six year old and his daughter, 33, were rushed to hospital last month after being found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in the southern English county of Wiltshire.

Almost a month later, the ex-Russian spy remains in a critical condition – but his daughter Yulia is said to be improving and conscious talking to investigators.

It is hoped she will now be able to help police clarify how the pair were poisoned and nail the assassins.

Last night it was claimed detectives have interviewed another Russian woman who brought ‘gifts’ to Sergei Skripal just before the poisoning.

Yulia had been planing to bring a bag of her father’s favourite breakfast meal of buckwheat as well as spices and bay leaves, the Sun on Sunday reports.

But she ran out of time before leaving and asked the unnamed woman to bring it instead.

Source: Spy poisoning cops ‘quiz Russian woman who brought victim PORRIDGE from Moscow’ – Daily Record


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