Russian nationals charged over Skripal novichok attempted murder

British police have charged two Russian nationals in absentia over alleged attempts to kill former spy Sergei Skripal with the nerve agent Novichok.

BBC – Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Russian nationals named as suspects

Two Russian nationals have been named as suspects in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The men, using the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, are thought to be officers from Russia’s military intelligence service, the PM said.

Scotland Yard and the CPS say there is enough evidence to charge the men.

Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in March.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey also fell ill after responding to the incident in Salisbury.

Police are linking the attack to a separate Novichok poisoning on 30 June, when Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley became unwell at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles from Salisbury.

Ms Sturgess died in hospital on 9 July. Mr Rowley was discharged from hospital on 20 July.

Speaking in the Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May said the government had concluded, from intelligence provided by UK agencies, that the men were part of the GRU intelligence service.

The poisoning was “not a rogue operation” and was “almost certainly” approved at a senior level of the Russian state, she said.

“We must now step up our collective efforts specifically against the GRU,” Mrs May added.

She condemned the “despicable attack” and promised “the full range of tools from across our national security apparatus” would be used to “counter the threat” caused by Russia.

Responding in a statement, Russia’s London embassy called on the British government to “give up politicised public accusations”.

This will further raise tension between the United Kingdom and Russia.

The CPS is not applying to Russia for the extradition of the two men, as Russia does not extradite its own nationals.

But a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained in case they travel to the EU.

So it seems it will be unlikely the named suspects will ever go to trial, but this is a very strong statement of condemnation based on claimed evidence of senior Russian involvement.

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40 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  September 6, 2018

    Looks like 2 Polish plumbers looking for work.

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  2. Blazer

     /  September 6, 2018

    What evidence was presented for scrutiny ?

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    • RNZ reports that evidence will be presented to a special meeting of the UN Security Council.

      Some details are being reported:

      The investigation has recovered CCTV of the two suspects after they flew into Gatwick airport and stayed in the City Stay hotel in east London. After arriving on Friday 2 March on an Aeroflot flight, they went to Salisbury on the Saturday in what police said they were satisfied was a reconnaissance trip.

      They returned to London that day and went back to Salisbury on Sunday, when police say CCTV showed them in the vicinity of the Skripal house. Police believe that after contaminating the front door of the property, they immediately went to Heathrow via train and London underground and flew back on Sunday night at 10.30pm.

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/05/salisbury-poisonings-police-name-and-charge-two-suspects

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    • Missy

       /  September 6, 2018

      Do you demand the evidence against all those charges with a crime be presented to you or the public?

      Thise who demand the evidence in this case are just hypocrites as they usually don’t give a damn about seeing the evidence against everyone who is charged with a crime.

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      • Missy

         /  September 6, 2018

        *Those

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      • Blazer

         /  September 6, 2018

        I thought that was inherent in a transparent democracy that lauded justice.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 6, 2018

          There are times when security issues must override transparency.

          Hearing names etc makes us none the wiser, anyway.

          I still find it hard to imagine this happening in Salisbury. It seems such an unlikely place for intrigue. I love the cathedral there…

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  3. Blazer

     /  September 6, 2018

    the Russian response…’Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “The names published by the media, like the photographs, don’t mean anything to us.” Zakharova said she “again urged Britain to refrain from public accusations” and work with Russian law enforcement authorities to investigate the attack in Salisbury.

    Surely the publishing of the suspects actual passports will give credibility to the…case.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 6, 2018

      How? Firstly, they are certainly false names. Second, who do you think has the passports?

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      • Blazer

         /  September 6, 2018

        I imagine that they presented their passports upon entry and exit from the U.K. for scanning and approval.
        Aeroflot flights from Russia would attract close inspection,one would think.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 6, 2018

          So what is that going to prove? A picture and false name and details. You are just being silly.

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          • Blazer

             /  September 6, 2018

            Took a bloody long time to produce this evidence.Still the perplexing question of motive!
            You passively accept every scenario presented Al .

            Any sophisticated Intel agency can doctor passports,identities ,the Israelis have proven that time and again as per the Mossad agents apprehended in NZ doing just that.

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  September 6, 2018

              Even your favourite anti-semite has fallen for this false flag operation Blazer!

        • Missy

           /  September 6, 2018

          You do know that when they scan the passport they are just reading the information on it, not actually scanning a copy.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 6, 2018

            They probably got a scan when the visa was requested but anyway B is just trolling as usual.

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  4. NOEL

     /  September 6, 2018

    Been speculated for some time that if any culprits were identified they would be from the same branch as the target was previously employed. A signal to anyone else considering crossing.

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    • Blazer

       /  September 6, 2018

      all assumption and speculation Noel.

      We all must accept however that sovereign Govts Western and otherwise actively target people for assassination for political…purpose.

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  5. NOEL

     /  September 6, 2018

    If the chemical evidence wasn’t sufficient coupled with this I can only see one conclusion.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/05/uk/uk-russians-novichok-intl/index.html

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  6. Blazer

     /  September 6, 2018

    ‘The traces of the Novitchok have been found in the hotel room (after 5 months) where the two guys had stayed.’
    Amazing good luck that no hotel staff or guests have been affected by an agent that requires only minute traces to come in contact with human skin.

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    • NOEL

       /  September 6, 2018

      The Skiipals door frame and door handles were painted with the agent. The dead woman thought it was a perfume spray and her partner spilt a quantity on himself.
      All were dermal absorption route.

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      • Blazer

         /  September 6, 2018

        ‘These CCTV images released by Scotland yard today allegedly show Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov both occupying exactly the same space at Gatwick airport at precisely the same second. 16.22.43 on 2 March 2018. Note neither photo shows the other following less than a second behind.

        There is no physically possible explanation for this. You can see ten yards behind each of them, and neither has anybody behind for at least ten yards. Yet they were both photographed in the same spot at the same second.

        The only possible explanations are:
        1) One of the two is travelling faster than Usain Bolt can sprint
        2) Scotland Yard has issued doctored CCTV images/timeline.

        I am going with the Met issuing doctored images.’

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 6, 2018

            It must have smelt like perfume; nobody would spray it on without sniffing it.

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        • Missy

           /  September 7, 2018

          “There is no physically possible explanation for this. You can see ten yards behind each of them, and neither has anybody behind for at least ten yards. Yet they were both photographed in the same spot at the same second.”

          You are showing your ignorance with that comment Blazer, if you knew Gatwick Airport – or for that matter any major airport in the UK you would know that there are multiple gates like these, each with a CCTV camera, and as multiple people can’t enter one at the same time then people travelling together will split and take two separate ones, hence photos of more than one person going through at the same time can be obtained.

          So, sorry to burst your little nutty conspiracy but there is a physically possible explanation for those who are so ignorant and quick to make assessments without first finding out facts.

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  7. NOEL

     /  September 6, 2018

    Nearly started a conspiracy Blazer.
    It’s not at the aircraft gate. They are entering seperate gates in the customs controlled area.

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    • Blazer

       /  September 6, 2018

      sure they are!
      Both synchronised at exactly 16.22.43…and not another passenger anywhere both of them!

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 6, 2018

        Are you working for the GRU, B? Consistent with them travelling together and separating to walk through two adjacent parallel gates to be photographed.

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      • NOEL

         /  September 6, 2018

        Geez Blazer look at the camera angles. Of course Custom gates all look the same.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  September 6, 2018

          You just need to click through the wingnut CraigMurray link Blazer posted to head down the rabbit hole. Post a whole lot of what if’s and coulda’s as facts and voila! a conspiracy is born.

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          • Blazer

             /  September 6, 2018

            usual …now attack the messenger…synchronised 16.22.43…reminds me of Attars passport lying on the rubble after 9/11.

            talk about Ripleys …’believe it or….”

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  September 6, 2018

              They grabbed photo’s at the same time stamp of them walking into adjacent corridors at the same time. It’s not like they are in identical positions.
              But you just keep going in to bat for those poor hard done by Ruskies.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 6, 2018

              They are definitely two different gates. The right hand door pillars are different. One has a single stud and the other is a double.

  8. NOEL

     /  September 6, 2018

    “and not another passenger anywhere both of them!”
    If you took the time to look at the barrier arms in both photos they are in the open position.
    No one can enter from the rear until they return to the closed position and the first set opens.
    Not rocket science Blazer.

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    • Blazer

       /  September 6, 2018

      the time has been expunged from the photos now. 😉

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    • Blazer

       /  September 7, 2018

      some sloppy work here…

      ‘The article was amended 6/9/18 to correct a factual error – it originally asserted that the perfume bottle had been discovered in Amesbury, that was a mistake. Although Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess reside in Amesbury, Rowley is alleged to have found the perfume during a shopping trip to Salisbury.’

      yes Salisbury is where we want to place it.

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  9. NOEL

     /  September 6, 2018

    Where? BBC?
    Compare with earlier photos in the Sun.
    Yup the time is not there because they have been cropped in the most recent publications to allow both pics side by side.

    Geez but keep dancing.

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