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Russia leaves more than enough trails in Skirpal murder attempt

Author : The Guardian

Source : The Guardian

The black-op resulted in accidental death and the unmasking of two Russian spies as suspects in the crime, - The Guardian
14:27, 26 December 2018

Russia Today

The British media have been widely commenting on the high-profile murder attempt, with ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia surviving the nerve agent attack. The Guardian contributed to that, posting an article, which confirmed that the Kremlin left more than enough trails in this case.

'Over the past nine months, lurid details of an audacious Moscow murder plot have emerged. Immediately, Theresa May blamed Vladimir Putin and expelled 23 Russian diplomats who were suspected of spying. The Kremlin denied involvement and said it was the victim of “hostile action”.

'Behind the scenes, officers led by Scotland Yard sifted through thousands of hours of CCTV footage. By May, they had made a provisional breakthrough. They identified two Russian men – Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov – who visited Salisbury during the weekend, not once but twice. The pair flew in from Moscow to Gatwick airport with genuine Russian passports and visas. The suspicion, however, was that they were undercover operatives traveling under assumed names. Hitmen, in fact, sent to the UK on a one-off mission', the British outlet wrote.

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The story continues, with the medium mentioning an accidental death of a non-involved civilian, Dawn Sturgess who succumbed to the nerve agent; her partner Charlie Rowley suffered the effect of the toxin, too, but survived.

'Meanwhile, police tracked down the budget hotel in Bow, east London, where Boshirov and Petrov stayed. They found minute traces of Novichok, a deadly nerve agent developed during the late Soviet era in state labs. The plot was reminiscent of the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed with radioactive green tea', the article reads on.

The full story may be found here.

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