The house of Sergei Skripal will be purchased by UK taxpayers, according to officials cited by The Sunday Times. The move has prompted a range of responses online – from cover-up allegations to jokes about home ownership.
Taxpayers will be footing the bill for Skripal’s home, which is expected to be bought by the UK government for around £350,000 (US$464,000), The Sunday Times reported, citing Whitehall officials. They will also pay for the home of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who fell ill after coming into contact with the nerve agent Novichok. That house is expected to cost taxpayers around £430,000. All in all, the purchase of both homes, cars, and other possessions, will amount to a hefty £1 million.
But the government’s decision to snatch up Skripal’s house has raised eyebrows online, including from those who believe the UK has “something to hide,” since there remains zero evidence to back claims that Russia was behind the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Home, cars and possessions of both Skripals and Bailey to be bought by the state? What for exactly? They're going to open a Novichok Museum?? Or something to hide?? @georgegalloway @duncanpoundcake https://t.co/mTJRmrOted
— Audrey (@AudreyAurus1) June 24, 2018
To hide the non existent evidence.
— Carl (@cj980088) June 24, 2018
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