A third Russian spy, Denis Sergeev, has been accused of being involved in the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the town of Salisbury (southern England) in March 2018, the British police reported Tuesday.
Sergeev, which in the United Kingdom employed the Alias Sergey Fedotov, faces several crimes that include the assassination attempt of Skripal and Yulia and former Police Nick Bailey for poisoning with the Novichock chemical agent, a case that triggered a diplomatic crisis between London and Russia.
"The investigating team has collected evidence suggesting that Petrov, Boshirov and Fedotov have worked together previously and on behalf of the Russian State in operations carried out outside Russia," said Dean Haydon subcommittee, national coordinator of the Kingdom Anti-Terrorist Unit. United.
Specifically, the police accuse Sergeev of seven crimes, including three of attempt at murder and conspiracy to assassinate Skripal, to cause physical damage with an intention to Yulia and Agent Bailey, as well as possession and use of a chemical weapon.
Researchers have linked evidence that relate to the three subjects with Russian military intelligence services -Gru- and show that the trio was previously involved in similar operations in other countries such as Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
"The three are dangerous individuals. They have tried to assassinate people in the United Kingdom, and have brought extremely dangerous chemical weapons to this country by unknown means," Haydon said.
The amount of Novichok found in a perfume bottle was "quite significant and if it had been circulated between citizenship, I would definitely have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people," recalled the subcommittee.
Sergeev landed at the British Heathrow Airport on March 2, 2018 on a flight from Moscow and arrived at the country about four hours before they did, via the Gatwick airfield, Mishkin and Chepiga. The three men saw several times the days prior to poisoning, both abroad and in closed premises and Sergeev did not abandon London.
For its part, Nick Price, responsible for the Special Anti-terrorist division of crime and anti-terrorism of the British Prosecutor's Office, today confirmed that this country will not request Russia from the delivery of Fedotov "because the Russian Constitution does not allow the extradition of its own nationals and Russia. He has made it clear after requests for extradition in other casesUpdated Date: 22 September 2021, 15:19