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Bulgarian businessman succumbs to Novichok nerve agent yet before Russia's Skripals

Emelian Gebrev suffered the symptoms of poisoning in April 2015, when Russian GRU agent arrived in Burgas, where Gebrev was staying at the time
10:17, 8 February 2019

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Sergei and Yulia Skripals were not the first victims of Novichok nerve agent. The Insider and Bellingcat released the respective report based on the conclusions made by their joint investigation team. 

The investigators found out that Bulgarian businessman Emelian Gebrev suffered the symptoms of poisoning far before the Salisbury incident; the story occurred when Russian GRU agent Sergey Fedotov arrived in Burgas, where Gebrev was staying at the time. 

The expertise showed that the attack involved the use of Novichok-class substance. 

The investigation team learned that Fedotov got his alias in 2010, about the same time when his colleagues Petrov and Boshirov did.

Recently, we reported that the third Russian special services agent related to the Skripal’s case stayed in Britain after the assassination attempt.

“The Russian military intelligence officer - using the false name Sergey Fedotov - traveled to the UK on the same day as two hitmen who carried out the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal,” The Telegraph wrote.

Earlier, the Crown Prosecution Service of the U.K. called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The police suspect Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They are accused of the poisoning of Skripals, a police officer who participated in the investigation, and two U.K. citizens in Amesbury. 

Later it was reported that there could be four more suspects in the Skripal case, apart from Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whose names were revealed by the British counter-intelligence. 

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