Bad weather did not let the Skripal case suspects enjoy the sightseeing in Salisbury

Summary

The suspects in the Skripal case could not walk in Salisbury since the whole city was covered in snow. On the 4th March there was heavy rain and snow, so they had to leave Salisbury early.

Disproof

CCTV images show the pair walking with apparent ease on almost completely clear pavements. According to the weather forecasts, there was no snow or rain on the 4th March. Further debunk by The Insider.

To see more about the discrepancies in the statements of "Alexander Petrov" and "Ruslan Boshirov", see the articles in The Independent, The Guardian, or Deutsche Welle.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
  • Outlet: Russia Today (RT)
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Neither Alexander Petrov nor Ruslan Boshirov named by the UK as Novichok suspects can be regarded as GRU agents

Neither Alexander Petrov nor Ruslan Boshirov named by the UK as suspects in the Skripal case are agents of the GRU (“Main Intelligence Directorate”; older name for the military intelligence service, currently known as “Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”).

Disproof

‘The Insider’ and the research group ‘Bellingcat’ got an access to the files of these two suspects According to the investigation, at least one man’s file contains various “top-secret” markings, which are typically reserved for members of secret services or top state operatives: the Petrov’s passport dossier is marked with a stamp containing the instruction “Do not provide any information”.  A source working in the Russian police force who regularly works with the central database confirmed to Bellingcat and The Insider that they have never seen such a stamp on any passport form in their career  https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/09/14/skripal-poisoning-suspects-passport-data-shows-link-security-services/

As Novaya Gazeta pointed out, the phone number in one of the suspect's documents leads directly to the Ministry of Defence, under which the military intelligence operates: https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2018/09/14/145085-novaya-gazeta-obnaruzhila-dopolnitelnye-dokazatelstva-vozmozhnoy-svyazi-cheloveka-obvinyaemogo-v-otravlenii-skripaley-s-ministerstvom-oborony-rossii