Police identify Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects
UK investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on the Skripals through CCTV and have cross-checked the footage with records of people who entered the country around that time.
UK investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on former Colonel GRU Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the British Salisbury in March this year, the Press Association reported on Thursday.
Officers think several people were involved in the attempted murder of the former double agent. A source with knowledge of the investigation said: “Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time.”
It added that the investigators are sure the suspects are Russian.
The poisoning of Skripals in Salisbury occurred on March 4. The British authorities immediately blamed Russia, arguing that the nerve agent, which, was used at the attack on the Skripals, was developed in the USSR.
It was reported that Scotland Yard and the Wiltshire Police are investigating the attack. As part of the investigation, four thousand hours of CCTV footages were reviewed.
The police sought to identify all vehicles and all people (pedestrians and cyclists) who were in the frame. As a result, images of 14.000 cars and 2500 people were studied.
250 investigators of the counterterrorism unit are part of the investigation. 100 of them continue to work in Salisbury. 900 witnesses were interviewed, and 176 searches were carried out.
In April, it became known that the British police identified the main suspects in the attempt at the Skripals. The Telegraph reported in April that key suspects had been identified, it was committed by a "Russian group controlled by the Russian government," which, returned to Russia. The names of criminals were established on the lists of passengers provided by airlines, the media reported.
Also, the British media revealed the name of the alleged poisoner. According to The Daily Mail, this is a 54-year-old ex-FSB officer who used the code name Gordon and the pseudonym Mikhail Savitskis, as well as two other fake names.
The police believe that Gordon masterminded a group of six people involved in the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard refused to comment on the media reports that the identity of the suspect in the organization of the attack was established.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.