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Two Russians accused by United Kingdom in spy poisoning to give interview

14 September 2018
Two Russians accused by United Kingdom in spy poisoning to give interview

They looked well-built and Boshirov wore what looked like a red Kabbalah bracelet. "When your life is turned upside down in a moment?"

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT's editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals' poisoning.

A handout picture taken at Salisbury train station in Salisbury, west of London on March 3, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov.

"Friends have been telling us for a long time we should visit this lovely city", said the broad-shouldered Petrov.

A spokesman for Theresa May condemned the lies and "blatant fabrications" in the interview, adding...

The men had some physical similarities to the men shown in British police images. They then went straight to the airport and flew home, hours after the Skripals were found unconscious on a bench. Both survived after long stays in the hospital.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov have been accused by the United Kingdom of attempting to murder a former spy with a rare nerve agent in Salisbury, England.

British officials say Boshirov and Petrov are military intelligence agents who were dispatched to Salisbury to poison former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok. They were "civilians", Putin said, before encouraging them to come forward and speak to the media.

Two Russian men with the same names as those accused by the United Kingdom of the Novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter have appeared on Russian state television. The town was covered by this slush.

Ofcom said in April that since the Salisbury attack they had observed "a significant increase in the number of programs on the RT service that we consider warrant investigation as potential breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code".

They travelled to and from Salisbury on the weekend in March that Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.

In this file grab taken from CCTV and issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on September 5, 2018, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov walk on Fisherton Road, Salisbury, England, March 4, 2018.

"Isn't it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?"

In the men's first interview since they were named publicly they denied carrying women's perfume.

When asked to state where he works, Petrov demurred, saying, "If we tell you about our business, people we work with will be affected".

Their first public appearance, a September 12 interview with the Kremlin-funded RT channel, contained a few head-scratchers.

RT is Russia's state-run worldwide broadcaster, and the pair were interviewed by its chief editor, Margarita Simonyan.

After a six month investigation, Scotland Yard released a detailed account of the pair's alleged movements from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4.

The network broadcast the interview with the suspects in the Novichok poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the United Kingdom on Thursday, even as it faces multiple ongoing investigations by media regulator Ofcom into its coverage of the attack in March. The pair were also picked up by surveillance video in the vicinity of the Skripal house on the day of the attack, March 4, 2017.

The pair claimed they have been left fearing for their lives after Britain pointed to their involvement and said they were officers in Russian military intelligence service the GRU.