Does what the Skripal suspects said add up?

Geneva Stokes
September 17, 2018

The men said that they were simply tourists on holiday, and had been interested in seeing the spire of Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge.

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. CCTV images released by the Met Police appear to dispute this claim. It was by the door and in the corridor, it was unmistakable.

"Yes, there's the famous Salisbury cathedral, famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world". They were having sex. I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves. "It was definitely a woman".

An information page for Petrov obtained by the news outlets gives little biographical information and no data about his past before 2009.

"As previously wrote The Insider and Bellingcat, Petrov's the old passports were fake - the passport database has no record of this number".

Russian Federation state propaganda outlets are inferring that the alleged spies responsible for the Sergei Skripal poisoning are actually just gay tourists.

Boshirov did not react to the interviewer's request to show the pictures they have taken on that trip, only saying that he found Salisbury Cathedral "very attractive".

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Earlier, a government spokesperson reiterated that the duo were officers of Russian military intelligence. Last week Theresa May branded Petrov and Boshirov's cover stories as "lies and blatant fabrication". British intelligence services say the names are likely aliases, used for a mission in which they failed to kill Skripal.

September 5 was declared as the possible perpetrators of the poisoning - the Russians, "Alexander Petrov" and "Ruslan Bashirov".

John Glen, the Parliament member for Salisbury, offered a wry comment about the pair's visit to his town, tweeting: "Delighted to see that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were able to see the world-class attractions that Salisbury has to offer". It has also emerged that Petrov and Boshirov's passports, which were issued in 2009, provide nearly no biographical data about either man before that year, such as any residential addresses. Simonyan said they refused to elaborate on their backgrounds or show their passports on camera. Petrov and Boshirov have been charged with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

Skripal - a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service - and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury in March.

In the freaky 25-minute interview, the pair denied all knowledge of the plot and insisted they were just two men going on holiday to see the 123m steeple at Salisbury Cathedral.

If the pair really were sightseeing tourists, they made quick work of it, arriving in London from Moscow on a Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday night - after two visits to Salisbury.

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