Britain Names Third Russian Behind Skripal Poisoning

British police on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to charge a third Russian man with the Novichok poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury in 2018. 

Counter-terrorism detectives said prosecutors had reviewed the evidence against a man identified as Sergey Fedotov for him to be charged with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm, and possession and use of a chemical weapon.

Skripal and his daughter were left fighting for their lives after the attack, which soured diplomatic ties between Britain and Russia that were already strained by the 2006 radiation poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko. 

In a letter read out after his death in a London hospital, former KGB agent Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind the attack.

A police officer investigating the Skripal case was also left seriously ill, while a local Salisbury woman who came into contact with the weapons-grade substance later died.

Two other men have previously been identified as suspects in the poisoning. All three are said to be members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service. 

The head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, Nick Price, said specialist prosecutors had reviewed the evidence against the third suspect, who is also known as Denis Sergeev.

They “have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is clearly in the public interest to charge Sergey Fedotov,” he added.

“We will not be applying to Russia for the extradition of Sergey Fedotov as the Russian constitution does not permit extradition of its own nationals.” 

“Russia has made this clear following requests for extradition in other cases. Should this position change then an extradition request would be made.”

(c) The Moscow Times

7 comments

  • See my comment in the previous article to my thoughts on all this. Come on Boris, when are you going to grow a spine and start clamping down on this state sponsored terrorism?

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    • The day that the state seizes CFC, sells it and gives the money to the Ukrainian army will be the day that Britain finally shows that it’s got the message.

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      • This is from the BBC. Not sure seizing CFC is on the menu, just more hot air and lies from Russia.

        “A spokesman said the government had maintained throughout that this was “not a rogue operation and only the Russian state had the technical means and experience and the motive to carry out this attack”.

        The Foreign Office would raise the case with the Russian ambassador, the spokesman added.”

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  • Why haven’t they named Putin?

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin actually complained to US President Joe Biden when he called him a “murderer” in an interview with ABC News.

    This is stated in a new book by The Washington Post correspondents Bob Woodworth and Robert Costa.

    “I am upset that you called me a murderer,” Putin told Biden by telephone on April 13.

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  • “British police on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to charge a third Russian man with the Novichok poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury in 2018.”

    Will that change anything in Britain’s thus far pitiful response to mafia land and in particular the sewer rat? I’m afraid not.

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