Petrov and Boshirov could have spied on Skripal since his Czech meetings
The media discovered that four years ago, the Russian men were in Prague precisely in the days during which the former GRU colonel met with the Czech counterintelligence.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov visited Prague nearly at the same time, in October 2014, Czech Radio reported citing a source in the country's intelligence services. Interestingly, Sergei Skripal was there, too, just at the same time. He met with the local special services to give them information about people who could have been Russian intelligence agents operating in the country.
Czech Radio suggests that it was then that Petrov and Boshirov began to watch the agent. The source of the radio station said that Petrov had spent three days in Ostrava and then moved to Prague, while Boshirov had come to the Czech capital a little earlier.
The Czech counterintelligence and the Office for Combating Organized Crime of the Czech Republic are yet to confirm the information officially. Russian Embassy in Prague also declined to comment.
London had accused Petrov and Boshirov of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Bellingcat claims that Petrov and Boshirov are pseudonyms and the men are military intelligence officers, Heroes of Russia, Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga.
Petrov and Boshirov gave an interview to RT and stated that they had been to Salisbury as tourists, have nothing to do with intelligence services and have never heard of Skripal.