Skripal Assailants Named By UK Government As Alexander Petrov & Ruslan Boshirov

Two Russian spies, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, have been named  as Britain's most wanted men today after they were revealed as the prime suspects in the Novichok chemical weapons attack in Salisbury.

Astonishing CCTV images show  the suspects grinning as they walk around the Wiltshire city on the day former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the military-grade chemical weapon.

Prime Minister Theresa May has today revealed that the two men are believed to be officers in Russia's GRU military intelligence service.

The Novichok attack left a trail of the deadly nerve agent around Salisbury, with mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess dying after she came into contact with the chemical. Mrs Sturgess's partner Charlie Rowley and county police officer Nick Bailey were also hospitalised.


Crystal clear CCTV images released today show the two Russian agents entering Britain at Gatwick, strolling around Salisbury on the day of the attack, and leaving the UK at Heathrow Airport just hours after the Skripals were found collapsed in a park.

Prosecutors will not be applying to Russia for the extradition of the two men, as no agreement exists between the countries, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained in case either of the two suspects are ever spotted outside of Russia.

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Gary Cartwright

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