Russians charged with poisoning ex-spy, daughter in Britain


The Russian Foreign Office published the video in a jibe after May in an emergency statement to parliament said that the Russian military intelligence was behind the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for poisoning the Skripals and identified the poison as Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

The British government has named two Russian suspects thought be involved in the Novichok nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

The men arrived in London from Moscow on March 2 and stayed at a London hotel before travelling to Salisbury the next day to scout out the city, police said.

Police said the two men then applied the poison to Skripal's door and flew back to Russian Federation just hours later.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for the two Russians, British prosecutors said, but Britain will not ask Moscow to extradite them because Russia's constitution does not allow its citizens to be extradited.

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

Police released the pair's passport photographs on Wednesday, along with a series of CCTV images showing the pair at Gatwick Airport, Salisbury rail station and various roads.

Basu would not say whether police believe the suspects worked for Russian security services but added: "This was a sophisticated attack across borders". Immediately after application, they returned to London and boarded a flight back to Russian Federation at 10.30 p.m.

May says it is "highly likely Russian Federation was responsible".

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British authorities and the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog say the Skripals were exposed to Novichok, a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

London blamed the Russian state for the attack, but Moscow strongly denied any involvement.

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Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov stayed in the City Stay Hotel, in Bow, east London, using it as their base during their stay in Britain. "We are also seeking to circulate Interpol Red Notices", said Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the UK's National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing.

As a result, he said, police are not yet ready to bring charges in the second poisoning. The result, he said, was "a flawless cover for smuggling the weapon into the country, and a ideal delivery method for the attack against the Skripal's front door".

Police on Wednesday gave new details about what Basu called "one of the most complex investigations" the force had ever seen.

In May, two months after the attack, Yulia Skripal said that she and her father are "so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination", despite ongoing health concerns and medical complications from the attack.

Police said Rowley and Sturgess had found a counterfeit Nina Ricci Premier Jour perfume bottle which tests later showed had contained Novichok.

The U.S. last month imposed sanctions on Russian Federation, including on electronics, lasers and some oil and gas production technologies, after concluding it was behind the attack on the Skripals.

Mr Rowley has told police he found the box containing the small bottle and an applicator in a charity bin.