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Scotland Yard today sensationally named a third Russian spy facing murder charges for the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury three years ago.
Agents identified the suspect as Sergey Fedotov and said he was a Russian national, in his 50s, who arrived at Heathrow on a flight from Moscow at 11 a.m. on March 2, two days before the attack.
Four hours later, two other Russian agents by the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov arrived in Gatwick on flights from the Russian capital.
Deputy Deputy Commissioner Dean Haydon said in a briefing: “As is the case with Petrov and Boshirov, we believe that Fedotov traveled under an alias and stayed at a hotel in central London on Friday and Saturday nights.”
Fedotov is said to have met the other two men on more than one occasion in “open air” in central London prior to the attack.
Unlike the other two, no traces of the nerve agent were found in his hotel and he did not travel to Salisbury, leading to speculation that he may have been the unit commander.
He returned to Moscow on a flight from Heathrow on Sunday March 4 at 1:45 p.m. Petrov and Boshirov flew back from the same airport at 10.30pm that night.
As well as identifying Fedotov’s presence in the UK, the investigation team has also been gathering evidence suggesting that the three have previously worked with each other, and on behalf of the Russian state, as part of operations carried out outside of Russia, ” said Haydon, the senior national coordinator for the fight against terrorism.
Haydon said the men’s real names were Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga and Fedotov’s real name was Denis Sergeev and that all three were members of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence.
It is the first time that the police have evidently been able to link their suspects to the Russian spy agency, they say.
Agents are also communicating with investigators in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic about reports the men had visited there.
The Crown Prosecution Service has now authorized charges against all three of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, serious bodily injury and possession of a chemical weapon.
Police believe Fedotov’s real name was Denis Sergeev and he is a member of the GRU, Russian military intelligence
The images of Fedotov were released to the media showing him in his travel and CCTV documents taken when he arrived and left the country via Heathrow.
Detectives are still trying to piece together what happened to a counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle with an adapted mouthpiece and box, which was linked to Dawn Sturgess’s death in July 2018.
“We want to hear from anyone who may have information related to the perfume box in the bottle during that period,” Haydon said.
Haydon said Fedotov was identified early in the investigation, but that the team did not have enough information to press charges.
“From the beginning of the investigation, there were a series of lines of investigation, several people that we were investigating.
There has been a delay with the third man. We were able to reveal the first two fairly quickly, but the third man has taken a bit longer.
“We have to follow due process, and by that I mean the investigation, exposing it, presenting it to the Crown Prosecution Service, and then we finally end up where we are today.”
The attack is believed to have been ordered by Russian intelligence in retaliation for Skripal’s work as a MI6 double agent during the 1990s. He was arrested in 2004 and moved to the UK six years later following a spy swap deal.
Sergeant Nick Bailey, one of the police officers who responded to the attack, also became seriously ill after the attack on March 4, 2018.
Four months later, Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three, died from a dose of the nerve agent after her partner, Charlie Rowley, found a discarded bottle that was found to contain the nerve agent.
Despite circumstantial evidence, the police have not yet been able to link Mr. Rowley’s find to the original attack, so the three Russian spies have only been charged with attempting to kill Mr. Skripal, his daughter, and DC Bailey.
They are charged with conspiracy to assassinate Sergei Skripal, the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and DC Bailey, and causing serious bodily harm to Yulia Skripal and DC Bailey.
Denis Sergeev Quicks and Facts
- Met Police today identified individual as Sergey Fedotov and said he was a Russian national, aged about 50
- The suspect arrived at Heathrow on a flight from Moscow at 11am on March 2, two days before the poisoning
- Unlike two other GRU agents, Fedotov never went to Salisbury, raising prospect he was the unit’s commander
- Charges now authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service against all three men for conspiracy to murder