UK -Major incident declared - UK anti-terror police investigating possible nerve agent attack, 2018

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They've had an interview with Russia Today. If this is them, I think they must have had their hair dyed darker when they came to the UK.

Just tourists apparently. Spent two days in a hotel in East London but when sightseeing in Salisbury both days.

In the interview, Boshirov said that while they walked around Salisbury, the two men “maybe approached Skripal’s house, but we didn’t know where it was located”.

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Salisbury nerve agent suspects say they were only visiting cathedral
 

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Pussy Riot claims Russian-Canadian member poisoned: reports
Sept 12 2018
"Punk protest group Pussy Riot says the life of Pyotr Verzilov, one of its members and a Russian-Canadian dual citizen, is in danger and they believe he has been poisoned.

Russian news reports on Wednesday said Mr. Verzilov, who is also the publisher of an alternative news website, is in hospital in grave condition. Mr. Verzilov spent years in Toronto as a teenager and recently made headlines when he was one of four activists to run onto the field at the FIFA World Cup final.

Veronika Nikulshina, a fellow Pussy Riot member, said Mr. Verzilov’s symptoms included losing his eyesight and ability to speak. She said he was being treated in the toxicology unit at a Moscow hospital. The band in a tweet described Mr. Verzilov as its friend, brother and comrade.

“We think that he was poisoned,” the group said in the tweet.
 

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Not sure why this article unintentionally made me giggle, perhaps it reminded me somehow of these long ago SNL characters. imo.
Downing Street accuses Moscow of allowing lies to be aired
"The suspects contended that one photo released by British police was incorrect – a CCTV still showing them at separate passport windows at the same time at Gatwick airport. “We always go together through the same corridor. One goes, the other waits,” Boshirov said. "
"Asked about the bottle on Thursday, Boshirov said: “Is it silly for decent lads to have women’s perfume? The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women’s perfume in their luggage. We didn’t have it.”

Simonyan asked the men indirectly if they were gay, despite avoiding other questions about their background during the interview.

“Speaking of straight men, all footage features you two together,” she asked. “What do you have in common that you spend so much time together?”

The men declined to respond. Simonyan later tweeted: “I don’t know if they’re gay or not gay. They’re so stylish, as far as I could tell – with their beards and haircuts, tight pants.

“They didn’t come on to me,” she added."

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The British media are just spinning the 'official line' on all of this. Most people will sit and watch the 10 o'clock news and imbibe everything they see and hear as the honest truth because 'they wouldn't lie to us because that kind of thing doesn't happen here'.

Remember Dr David Kelly (who also happened to work at Porton Down) 'killed himself' with a sub-toxic dose of paracetamol and codeine and a penknife. A pathologist I was working with at the time described it as 'complete bull....'. There was also no Coroner's Inquest which there should have been for a sudden or unexplained death. There were also no Inquests for the victims of the July 7 2005 London bombing victims, just a Government 'official narrative.'

I wouldn't trust any British Government (or the British Intelligence Services for that matter) as far as I could throw them.

The proximity of Porton Down to all of this is not, in my opinion, a co-incidence.
 

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July 24 2020
Novichok victim inquest 'must be reconsidered'
''A coroner wrongly narrowed the scope of an inquest into the death of the only victim of the Salisbury Novichok poisonings, the High Court has ruled.

Dawn Sturgess's relatives challenged the decision that the inquest would not examine the Kremlin's alleged role.''

''Judges have ordered the Wiltshire coroner to reconsider the parameters of the inquest.''

''The decision means the scope of the inquest must now be fully reconsidered.

If the coroner concludes it must hear detailed intelligence evidence, it will almost certainly lead to a partially secret public inquiry.''
 

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Oct 17 2020
Salisbury novichok-poisoned officer Nick Bailey quits
''A police officer who was poisoned in the Salisbury Novichok attack has quit because he "can no longer do the job".

Det Sgt Nick Bailey was contaminated with the nerve agent at the home of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the targets of the poisoning operation.

He returned to duty last year, but said the aftermath took "so much from me" and "I had to admit defeat".

He worked for Wiltshire Police for 18 years and feels "so sad" after wanting to be an officer since his teens.''

''He was contaminated when he touched the door handle of Mr Skripal's home in the city.''
 

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July 24 2020
Novichok victim inquest 'must be reconsidered'
''A coroner wrongly narrowed the scope of an inquest into the death of the only victim of the Salisbury Novichok poisonings, the High Court has ruled.

Dawn Sturgess's relatives challenged the decision that the inquest would not examine the Kremlin's alleged role.''

''Judges have ordered the Wiltshire coroner to reconsider the parameters of the inquest.''

''The decision means the scope of the inquest must now be fully reconsidered.

If the coroner concludes it must hear detailed intelligence evidence, it will almost certainly lead to a partially secret public inquiry.''

Wait... it would not examine the Kremlin's alleged role?

Is the current UK government beholden to the Kremlin or something? :) The Russia Report makes interesting reading.
 

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Sept 22 2021
UK coroner asks for public inquiry into Novichok poisonings
''LONDON (AP) - A coroner presiding over an inquest into the death of British woman who was poisoned by a Soviet-developed nerve agent after an attack targeting a Russian ex-spy said Wednesday that she wants the probe to be turned into a public inquiry so she can examine Russia's possible involvement.

Unlike an inquest, British law allows a public inquiry to consider sensitive intelligence material during partly closed hearings. The inquiry coroner Heather Hallett requested to consider any role played by the Russian government in the 2018 death of Dawn Sturgess would be unlikely to start before 2023.

Sturgess, 44, and her partner collapsed in the southwest England town of Amesbury after coming into contact with a small perfume bottle containing Novichok, a military grade nerve agent.

The pair were exposed three months after Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were sickened in a Novichok attack in the nearby city of Salisbury.

Adam Straw, a lawyer representing Sturgess' family and her partner, Charlie Rowley, said the “overriding concern is to ensure the truth of how Ms. Sturgess died is established.”
“No family should wait 5 1/2 years to find out how someone died,” he said.''
 

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Dawn Sturgess: Novichok death inquiry begins next week


A public inquiry into how a British woman was fatally poisoned after being exposed to the Russian nerve agent Novichok will begin next week.

Dawn Sturgess died in 2018 after coming into contact with the solution on a perfume bottle in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

A public inquiry was ordered by Home Secretary Priti Patel to establish the extent of Russian involvement in Ms Sturgess' death.

It will be chaired by former Supreme Court judge Lord Hughes of Ombersley.

The inquiry will start on 17 March and the current inquest will be suspended, the home secretary wrote in a ministerial statement.

"This is an important step in ensuring that the family of Dawn Sturgess get the answers they need," she added.
 

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The chairman of a public inquiry has promised a "rigorous investigation" of potential Russian involvement in the death of Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess.

Ms Sturgess, 44, died in July 2018 in Amesbury, Wiltshire, after coming into contact with the nerve agent in what she thought was a bottle of perfume.

Lord Hughes, who will head the inquiry, said recent world events highlighted the importance of "clear conclusions".

A preliminary hearing was held earlier at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Dawn Sturgess: 'Rigorous' inquiry into Novichok death
 

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March 25 2022
Claims against ‘cathedral-visit’ Novichok suspects to be tested at inquiry | Ealing Times
''Three Russian agents suspected of being responsible for the 2018 Salisbury poisonings will have the evidence against them “tested” at a public inquiry into what happened.

A lawyer has been asked to “put on the hat” of suspects Denis Sergeev, Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga, who used the aliases Sergey Fedotov, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov respectively while in the UK.

Petrov and Boshirov gave a much-maligned interview with Russian state media in which they said they were only in the UK, briefly, to visit Salisbury Cathedral'
Lord Hughes, who is chairing the public inquiry, said on Friday that Emilie Pottle from the inquiry’s legal team would serve the interests “of those who have been publicly accused”.
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Russian Nationals Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov on Fisherton Road, Salisbury in March 2018 (Metropolitan Police/PA)
''She will not represent the men, who have so far refused to cooperate with the investigation.
At a two-hour public hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Lord Hughes said: “The accusations that have been made against these three people have been made very publicly – both at a high political level and a legal level.''

“It will be necessary, as I see it, to consider whether the facts alleged are proved or are not.

“Whether or not a named suspect choses to take part in the process … attention must be paid to his interests as the evidence is investigated.''
 

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Missed this..
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Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov
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"Alexander Petrov" (left) and "Ruslan Boshirov"
''Two Russian men suspected of carrying out the 2018 Salisbury poisonings are being linked to an explosion at an arms depot in the Czech Republic.
Evidence links the 2014 explosion, and an attempted poisoning in Bulgaria, to a unit of Russian military intelligence - the GRU - the BBC has learnt.
European intelligence agencies believe the GRU's Unit 29155 is tasked with sabotage, subversion and assassination.
The Russian government said the claims were unfounded and absurd.
Czech authorities say they are expelling 18 Russian diplomats believed to be intelligence operatives in retaliation for the explosion, which killed two people.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the country had to react to revelations tying the blast to the GRU.''
 
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