Skripal was arrested in 2004 by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and later tried, convicted of high treason, and imprisoned. He came here in 2010 following the "Illegals Program" spy swap.
If the Russian government wanted him dead, they would've killed him when he was exposed as a double agent.
Somehow, we are supposed to believe that 14 years after he was identified as a traitor, Putin suddenly realised Skirpal must be eliminated and, instead of targeting him in the type of professional surgical strike the Russians are famed for, he ordered a nerve agent attack on half of Salisbury?
Sorry but, I'm just not buying into that scenario at all.