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Wanted for two Russian spies believed to be behind nerve agent Salisbury Novichok’s attack by an ammunition dump explosion that caused two deaths.
The two, who were using passports on behalf of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, were located by the Czech police as part of the investigation into the 2014 explosion.
Two GRU agents suspected of carrying out the Salisbury novichok poisoning of Sergei Skripal in 2018, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, linked to a 2014 explosion at an arms depot in the Czech Republic https://t.co/kyMhegO8ZN
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They are believed to be carrying multiple passports, but these two names match those used by the two suspects to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The Skripals were shot down by the deadly Soviet nerve agent in Salisbury, England in March 2018, but Russia has denied any involvement.
After British police released their names and photos of the attempted coup, police issued a European arrest warrant against Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.
It was later revealed that the so-called Kremlin spies were traveling under pseudonyms, but in fact Dr. Alexander Mishkin and Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga were called.
The photos of the two men wanted for serious crimes in the Czech Republic between October 11, 2014 and October 16, 2014 were published by the Center Against Organized Crime and the National Police Criminal Police Service (NCOZ).
The couple first used Russian passports under the name Alexander Petrov, born July 13, 1979, and Ruslan Boshirov, born April 12, 1978, announced Colonel NCOZ Mgr. Jaroslav Ibehej.
They were then exchanged for a Moldovan passport in the name of Nicolai Popa, born July 18, 1979, and a Tajik passport in the name of Ruslan Tabarov, born October 23, 1975.
According to the Czech authorities
The couple first traveled to Prague, then to the Moravian-Silesian region before setting off for the Zlin region.
The investigation focuses on the Czech government’s order to expel 18 Russian diplomats who have been identified by an intelligence agency as Russian SVRs and secret GRU agents suspected of being involved in a 2014 explosion.
“Eighteen employees of the Russian embassy have to leave our republic in 48 hours,” said Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek.
Hamacek said he called Russian Ambassador Alexander Zmeyevsky to inform him of the decision on Saturday evening.
The Czech authorities had “clear evidence” linking the Russian GRU to an explosion in an ammunition dump that killed two people in 2014, Prime Minister Andrei Babis said.
“We have good reason to suspect the involvement of GRU officers from Unit 29155 in the explosion at the ammunition dump in Vrbetice in the east of the country,” said Babis, adding that the information was received on Friday.
“The explosion caused enormous material damage and posed a serious threat to the lives of many local populations, but in particular it killed two of our fellow citizens, parents,” the Prime Minister continued.
The Czech interior minister, who also serves as foreign minister after his dismissal earlier this week, said he was surprised that the situation “would fundamentally damage relations between the Czech Republic and Russia”.
He also spoke directly to the Salisbury saga, saying, “We are in a similar situation to the UK after the Salisbury poisoning attempt in 2018.”
The British government accused Russia of attempted assassination after the shocking incident and expelled around 300 diplomats. She also announced a series of punitive measures.
The wanted couple was filmed “moments before” the failed March 4 coup and left the country hours later on a flight from Heathrow, police said.
They stayed at the City Stay Hotel in Bow in east London while in the UK.
Police officers who searched his room two months later, on May 4, discovered small traces of Novichok, a high-quality military nerve agent made by Soviet scientists.
The couple said it was only tourists who visited Stonehenge and Salisbury in an interview with state broadcaster RT on Sept. 13.
The couple said, “Our friends have long told us to visit this wonderful city.”
The couple said they were interested in the history of the area and praised Salisbury Cathedral for its “123 meter high tower and clock, one of the first in the world to work”.
Although the Russians were shot “moments before” the wrong shot, before leaving the country a few hours later, they were scared.