The perfume bottle where the poison was “Beginner”, hardly happened to be in the dustbin in the gardens of Queen Elizabeth in Salisbury, where he was found by a local resident don Sturgess. This was July 14 at coroner’s hearings, with a goal to establish the cause e of death, said the legal representative of the daughter of the deceased Michael Mansfield, writes The Guardian.
That vial was left intentionally, according to the lawyer, pointed out that he was sealed in a thick plastic, and so the substance could remain deadly for decades.
Mansfield also doubts that the bottle four months after the assassination attempt on the ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal, spent in the trash. He believes that law enforcement should carefully check, not lying there somewhere in the UK other containers of poison.
The most important question to determine those responsible for the death of Sturgess’s lawyer called the identification of the person for the first time since the Second world war the use of chemical weapons in the United Kingdom. Russian agents “Petrov” and “Bocharov” did not work by themselves – operation must be sanctioned by the Russian government, up to President Vladimir Putin, said Mansfield.
66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia was hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning in British Salisbury March 4, 2018. Later, both were out of critical condition. A British investigation revealed that during the attack was used that was developed in Russia, a nerve agent, Novichok.
June 30, 2018 in the UK hospitalized 45-year-old Charlie Rowley and 44-year-old don Sturgess. Initially suspected that the pair were poisoned drugs, but further examination revealed traces of the “Newbie” in the body of the victims. July 8, Sturgess died in hospital.
Rowley told investigators that found in the Park a bottle of liquid, decided that it was perfume, and gave it to Sturgess. That caused the liquid to her face and wrist.
5 September 2018 the Prosecutor’s office in Britain called the names under which the suspects in the Commission of poisoning entered the country, – Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov. The then Prime Minister Theresa may said that they are officers of the GRU.
Two men whose photos were published by British prosecutors said in a television interview that he was in Salisbury, but went there solely for a tour. His involvement in the poisoning and to work in GRU they denied.
The investigative group is Bellingcat, and the Russian edition of The Insider found out that the man known under the name of Bashirov, is a GRU Colonel Anatoly Chapiha, and Alexander Petrov – doctor of GRU Alexander Mishkin.
In October 2018, the media reported that the poisoning Skripal involved another person – a Russian intelligence officer Sergei Fedotov, who could oversee the operation.