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Russian Poisoning Suspects: We Were Just Tourists

Russian Poisoning Suspects: We Were Just Tourists

They admitted to visiting Salisbury twice, once on March 3 and again on the fourth.

Sweating, nervous, thuggishly coiffed and wearing similar sweaters, this is what Petrov and Boshirov (not their real names, say the British) told Margarita Simonyan, the editor in chief of the propaganda channel RT (formerly Russia Today): Yes, they are the men in the videos and photographs produced by British police.

Britain said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

The UK government has dismissed claims in the RT interview as "blatant lies". "Nobody shows that part", Petrov added, noting the security stills mostly showed the two men at railway stations.

Police last week released dossier of evidence that pointed to the likely involvement of the two men including CCTV footage from the town, flight records, accommodation details and scientific tests that identified traces of Novichok at a hotel where they stayed.

"We went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum".

They said they "got wet, took the nearest train and came back" to London. The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women's perfume in their luggage.

Their detailed description of Salisbury's medieval cathedral and tall spire were part of the latest in a series of zigs, zags and twists from Russian Federation since Britain last week pointed the finger at the pair in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

And they "corroborate United Kingdom authorities' claims that they are in fact officers of a Russian security service", Bellingcat added.




"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March", he added.

Britain immediately rejected the pair's claims which they described as "obfuscation and lies" and maintained the assertion of police and prosecutors that they were members of the GRU intelligence agency.

Simonyan's announcement comes a day after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation had located Petrov and Boshirov, but that there was nothing special or criminal about them.

This combination photo made available by the Metropolitan Police on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov, left, and Ruslan Boshirov. "But very unusual to come all this way for just two days while carrying Novichok in their luggage", he tweeted.

Their appearance Thursday came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian officials knew the identities of the two men.

Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a shopping mall bench on March 4 in Salisbury, a city about 90 miles west of London. "Consider that the winter can be really rough, especially if you are from Russian Federation and you are not used to 2cm of snow". "We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and the lives of our loved ones", Mr Boshirov said.

Petrov and Boshirov said they worked as entrepreneurs in the fitness and supplements industries, but business paper RBK said it had found no business registered under their two names in Russian Federation.

The men denied carrying women's perfume after police discovered a counterfeit bottle that contained a "significant amount" of Novichok and they denied knowing where the Skripals lived.

Sturgess died in hospital in July, just over a week after the pair fell ill.