Russian Embassy publishes letter of son of British victim poisoned by Novichok to Putin
Dawn Sturgess died at the beginning of July last year, a few days after taking a poisoning dose in Amesbury.
The Russian Embassy in the UK has posted a photo of a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin from Evan Hope on Twitter. This is the son of Dawn Sturgess, a British woman who died in 2018 from poisoning by the Novichok nerve agent in Amesbury.
In his address, Hope asks the Russian leader to allow British intelligence agencies to interrogate two Russian citizens who are responsible for the death of his mother. “I am appealing to you as a human being to allow our officers to question these men about my mother’s murder. The least she deserves is justice,” the man writes.
Embassy officials indicated that they gave Hope a copy of the Salisbury: Unanswered Questions report, in which the Russian authorities reject accusations of involvement in the incident. It does not specify whether Putin received the letter.
Earlier, Hope complained to Sunday Mirror reporters that he was not receiving support from the British government, but was trying to get justice in investigating his mother’s death. “I am desperate. Mr. Putin is the only man who can make sure justice prevails. I need his help to do right by my mum. I am counting on him,” he said.
The Embassy received a copy of Ewan Hope’s letter to President Putin. @Amb_Yakovenko sent him a copy of the report “Salisbury: Unanswered Questions” and invited to speak in person, ready to answer any questions. https://t.co/pPHgfaNLjl pic.twitter.com/jFLW15RDkf— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) 6 марта 2019 г.
Dawn Sturgess died at the beginning of July last year a few days after receiving a poisoning dose in Amesbury (about 10 km from Salisbury). British law enforcement officials said it was the Novichok nerve agent. 45-year-old Charlie Rowley was poisoned together with Dawn Sturgess, but he survived. The media reported that Sturgess and Rowley sprayed the Novichok, which was in a bottle of perfume. They found the perfume in a container for charitable donations.
On March 4, 2018, a former GRU officer, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Julia were poisoned in Salisbury. The British secret services said criminals intended to kill Skripal with the Novichok chemical substance, after which the victims were hospitalized.
London accused Russia of the attempted murder of the Skripals, but the Kremlin categorically denies involvement in the incident. Currently, survivors Sergei and Julia Skripals hide from the public.
British intelligence agencies believe that GRU employees Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (whose real names are Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga, as claimed by Bellingcat and The Insider), as well as another intelligence officer under assumed name Sergey Fedotov, are involved in Skripal’s poisoning.