Novichok Poisoning Suspects Tell Russian TV They Were Merely Salisbury 'Tourists'

Ruben Ruiz
September 13, 2018

Last week, British police identified Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov as the two prime suspects in the March poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

"We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones", Boshirov told RT. "There's the famous Salisbury cathedral, famous not only in Europe but in the whole world, it's famous for its 123m spire, it's famous for its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that's still working".

Boshirov asked, addressing the allegations that the two had carried a Soviet-produced nerve agent allegedly used in the Skripal poisonings in a Nina Ricci perfume box, and smeared some of the contents on the front door of Sergei Skripal's Salisbury home.

The men, who bore a strong resemblance to the pictures of the suspects released by Britain, made the claim in an interview with the head of the Kremlin-backed RT news network.

Theresa May, however, said the men were agents of Russia's foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU, and their actions were "almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state". "We got wet, took the nearest train and came back" to London, they told RT, Russia's state-run global broadcaster.

They claimed they did not know who Skripal was or where he lived.

Simonyan said the two men contacted her directly and that she had not looked for them personally.

The two men, who appeared to be around 40, said they worked in the nutrient supplements business.

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The pair, who the United Kingdom suspect of being members of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, complained their lives had been "turned upside down" and RT said they sounded distressed during the interview.

They said they spent no more than an hour in the English city and left because of bad weather.

In a translation from Russian, the broadcaster quoted Petrov as saying: 'Well, we came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable.

"From the very start we planned to go to London and, put bluntly, cut loose and have some fun", he said in the interview which was pre-recorded on Wednesday and broadcast on Thursday. "We arrived in Salisbury on 3 March and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow", Mr Petrov said. "There's nothing especially criminal there, I assure you". They said they were not, and actually work in the sports nutrition industry.

He expressed hope they would come forward and speak publicly. In the interview the two suspects said these were their real names.

Statements by the two Russians "are not credible", the British lawmaker who represents the city in parliament said on Thursday.

The duo surfaced a day after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation had located Petrov and Boshirov, but that there was nothing special or criminal about them.

He wrote on Twitter: 'Delighted that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov [sic] were able to see the world-class attractions that #Salisbury has to offer.

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