British police have identified several Russian agents who they believe are responsible for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal. The former agent and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury on March 4.
Agents appeared to have discovered the identity of the Russian agents after opening an investigation into the death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, who died earlier this month after she stumbled upon an unopened bottle of Novichok.
Following the attempted murder of the Skripal’s, British officials immediately blamed Russia for using Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents. The weapon was developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.
Police were able to identify several Russians via closed-circuit television and cross-verifying their entry into the country.
“Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack,” an unidentified source told the Associated Press. “They (the investigators) are sure they (the suspects) are Russian,” the source said.
The Skripals attack led to Britain’s allies expelling Russian diplomats from their countries in the biggest exodus since the height of the Cold War. Russia responded by expelling international diplomats from the country.
Much like 2016 U.S. Election hacking, Moscow has continued to deny any involvement in the attacks and claims British intelligence is attempting to spread anti-Russia hysteria.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered, for example, why an aging Russian traitor was murdered years after he was exchanged in a Kremlin-approved spy swap in 2010.
Skripals and his daughter fell into a coma following the attack and were rushed to a secret facility where they began the “slow and extremely painful” recovery process according to Yulia Skripal.
Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are currently analyzing the nerve agent that was found at the site of the Skripals attack.
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