Petrov and Boshirov’s interview may be punishment for failure
According to The Daily Telegraph’s sources, the Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) is accused of going “too far” with the consequences of an attempt at murdering the Skripals.
Russian intelligence agencies experience a crisis due to the failed operation, which involved using the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury, The Daily Telegraph’s sources in the British government believe.
Other services of the foreign intelligence, they believe, accuse the Russian Military Intelligence of going too far with the consequences of an attempt at murdering the Skripals. In addition, the publication’s sources think that Petrov and Boshirov were forced to give the interview as a punishment for leaving traces during the mission. Namely, the fact that they were spotted on the security cameras, used public transport, and left the bottle with poison,
To recall, earlier in September, the British authorities published pictures and footage from the surveillance cameras showing the suspects Petrov and Boshirov, calling them Russian Military Intelligence intelligence officers. Moreover, they showed a picture of the bottle of perfume, which contained the infamous nerve agent.
Shortly afterward, Petrov and Boshirov gave an interview to RT, in which they claimed to be civilians and businessmen from the fitness industry, and that they had gone to Salisbury for tourism purposes.
The day before, employees of Bellingcat published a document from the Federal Migration Service containing Aleksandr Petrov’s details. In the document, journalists found a stamp “do not provide any information” as well as a note ‘S.S.’, which may stand for “top-secret information” in Russian. The journalists who dialed the number specified by Petrov say that they got through to the Ministry of Defense.
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