Don, my error. Should have typed one (Dawn Sturgess). Will edit. Charlie Rowley appears to have made a recovery of sorts, according to reports, but his eyesight has still not fully returned.
Interesting story coming from the Carnegie Moscow Centre, this is the leading think tank in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on domestic & foreign policy, international relations, security & the economy. As yes it's linked to the USA think tank of the same name, so maybe has “an agenda”.
The organisations Alexander Baunov comments on the Russian “tourists” TV appearance saying those who want to believe still do, but others say it's a disaster & the TV appearance was ridiculous. The cover-up seems to have backfired as badly as the actual operation, many Russians are laughing at their spies. It's not just teasing, it's mockery. With jokes and memes flooding social media, some commentators suggest a line has been crossed.
This is in line with conversations I've had with some old Russia & Ukraine work colleagues.
I also note Russian political statements on this seem to have gone silent since the TV broadcast.
Some comments do seem to resemble those of Pootin’s cyber soldiers...
It’s all turning into a huge embarrassment for Russia, it makes you wonder what they might do to rectify the situation....???