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British police release video of Skripal poisoning suspects

Two men - known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - were charged in absentia for the attack in September.

This combination of undated handout pictures released by the British Metropolitan Police Service created in London on 5 September 2018 shows Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, who are wanted by British police about the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Picture: AFP.

LONDON – British police on Thursday released more video footage of the two suspects they believe poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March.

Two men - known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - were charged in absentia for the attack in September.

Investigative website Bellingcat has named them as Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga, both of whom work for Russia’s GRU intelligence services.

Police realised video footage of two men arriving and moving around Salisbury on Sunday 4 March, the day the Skripals were found slumped in the centre of the English city.

A man and a woman were poisoned in the nearby town of Amesbury on 30 June after police believe they handled a perfume bottle that contained Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union used in the Skripal poisoning. The woman, Dawn Sturgess, died.

Police said they were appealing for more information from anybody who may have seen the two men in Britain between 2-4 March or had seen the counterfeit ‘Nina Ricci’ perfume box or bottle.

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