Zakharova scoffs at new investigation against Petrov and Boshirov
According to the authors of the investigation, FSB officers tried to influence the staff of the British Visa Application Center by recruiting its employee.
On her Facebook page, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova has scoffed at a new investigation by The Insider and Bellingcat group in relation to the ‘Skripals’ poisoners’ Petrov and Boshirov. According to it, FSB officers tried to influence the staff of the British Visa Application Center to get a visa "without any special checks" by infiltrating the visa center and recruiting one of the employees.
“Here’s a new joke: FSB officers assisted GRU officers in obtaining a British visa without check on the part of the visa center,” Zakharova wrote.
In addition, she recommended to the authors of the publication to write that "Russia's foreign intelligence service was keeping a lookout.”
According to the autors of the investigation, ex-employee of the UK Visa Application Center Vadim Mitrofanov was notified by security officers that they wanted to send two people to the UK and intended to ensure that they got a visa without checks. It is also reported that now Mitrofanov is currently in the US. He has received a refugee status and changed his name.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.