Approximately six months ago a former Russian military intelligence officer, who acted as a double agent for the UK’s intelligence services, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned and later found near a shopping center in Salisbury, England. Shortly after the attack, British authorities determined that a nerve against, likely from Russia, was used, as the two fought for their lives.
While both Sergei and Yulia survived the attack, it took authorities six months to finally bring charges against those responsible.
Today, British prosecutors have charged two Russian citizens, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and the use of the nerve agent call Novichok.
According to prosecutors, the two men flew to London from Moscow on Russian passports on March 2nd, 2018. They then traveled through London and Salisbury on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March. The Skripals were poisoned on the 4th, and within hours both Petrov and Boshirov flew back to Moscow through London’s Heathrow airport. Prosecutors have alleged that the men smuggled the nerve again into Britain in a counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle. They then applied the agent to the front door of Sergei Skripal’s house, where he and his daughter later came in contact with it.
As you may recall, back in July a man and a woman had also come in contact with the same nerve agent, resulting in the death of the woman, Dawn Sturgess. The couple had come in contact with the same perfume bottle that the Russians had allegedly smuggled into the country. Prosecutors are not sure what happened to the bottle between the Skripal poisoning and the poisoning of these two individuals in July, therefore they have yet to press murder charges against the two men in question.