Two Russian assassins accused of trying to kill Russian double agent Sergei Skripal by putting the deadly nervous agent Novichok on his doorknob were interviewed today on Russian state television and said they were just tourists and not murderers.
Both Alleged agents, believed to be from Siberia, told Russia Today that they were trapped in Salisbury twice in two days after failing to reach Stonehenge due to snow.
In the "absurd" interview, the men even admitted that they may have ended up in the suburban home of Sergei Skripal "by accident" while searching for the cathedral, which has a 400-foot needle and 25 minutes in the other direction.
The Russian assassins seemed to be regurgitating a script and trying to fix their "poker faces," a body language expert told MailOnline today.
Petrov was the most controlled and calm, while Boshirov shows symptoms of stress or anxiety, said Judy James.
The expert has seen the RT interview back and this is what he saw:
Alexander Petrov, on the CCTV recording, and Ruslan Boshirov, on the left, were named by the British authorities as suspects, but insisted that they are victims of a stain and that they were simply on vacation.
Petrov feels a little depressed instead of a more alert and pleading style, as you would if you were trying to convince people of your innocent role. His arms and hands are hidden under the table.
This can be used as a body version of a "poker face", when someone wants to hide their hands in case they give the wrong signals, but it can also be a desire to hide and feel protected by the barrier of the table.
Its characteristic of turning the chair from one side to another is interesting, since it could indicate nervousness or it could suggest a much more impatient impatience and anger. His eyes remain nailed to the interviewer in most of the clip with what looks like a confident and penetrating look.
When he closes his eyes and nods his head for an affirmative answer, his emphatic facial gestures suggest power instead of submission.
During their dazzling television appearance (in the photo) the men claimed that they now fear for their lives and demanded an apology from Britain and RT said they were so nervous that they needed Cognac before going on the air
Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (pictured together in Salisbury) were poisoned with Novichok after he was stained at the door of his house
When we are in a state of stress or anxiety, our blink rate often increases as the adrenaline of fear increases. However, Petrov's flicker rate seems extremely slow. At one point he makes almost five turns of his chair between blinks and this might suggest again the inner strength or confidence.
When they tell him they are nervous, his upper lip seems to rise in a small grunt, as if the accusation bothers him or the fact that his nerves have been driven by events bothers him.
What were they doing in Salisbury? His eyes turn to the right, which may suggest creative thinking, although he might have looked in that direction because he knew his friend was about to start his travel journal on the beautiful views of Salisbury.
Boshirov is much more active during the video and also shows more symptoms of what might be nervousness. His first pose is generally superficially safer, leaning back in his chair with his elbows on his arms in a light play of control, but the movement of his upper chest suggests a quick and shallow breathing that can occur when someone feels under pressure.
The two suspects of Skripal Ruslan Boshirov (left) and Alexander Petrov (right) have spoken for the first time and say that they were just tourists enjoying the delights of Salibury
Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov (right) have been accused by the British police of being two Russian spies (in the photos of their passports)
His blink rate is also much faster than his friend's and he takes several large swallows that can also be triggered by stress or anxiety.
He takes action when accused of appearing "nervous", leaning forward with both arms on the table, shrugging his shoulders before joining his fingers and forming a bell gesture with his thumbs, which is usually a sign of power or status .
Apparently frustrated, he snorts and shrugs his shoulders before sitting down and leaving a hand on the table.
Your monologue of & # 39; guide & # 39; Salisbury comes after a deep breath and a forward look as if he is accessing an internal script in his head.
The couple says they were alone in Salisbury for an hour due to gaps in Sunday train service to London and said that if they tripped over the suburban home of Sergei Skripal it was only by accident.
Affirmations & # 39; absurdities & # 39; of the Novichok Assassins: Observers point out several holes in the history of "innocent tourists" & # 39;
The "accidental" visit to Skripal's house
CCTV released by police placed the two suspects in the suburban home of Sergei Skripal.
Today the men admitted that they may have ended up there, but they said it was an accident.
The property, which had novichok smeared on the door, is 25 minutes from the city center and its cathedral, which the men said they were there to see.
Ruslan Boshirov said: Maybe we approved it, or maybe we did not. I had never heard about them before this nightmare began. I had never heard this name before. I did not know anything about them.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov claimed that they only stayed in Salisbury due to heavy snowfall.
The couple visited them days after the Eastern Beast struck Britain with unusually cold weather.
Describing the condition, Boshirov said: "It was impossible to get anywhere because of the snow." We were soaked to our knees.
But the CCTV images of the men show that the sidewalks were practically free of snow.
They also told RT that it snowed in the city that afternoon, but the weather maps for that day show sun and clear skies.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were guests at the City Stay Hotel in Bow, east of London, before poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed today that the "low" levels of the nerve agent were found at the two-star hotel £ 48 per night in May.
The men chose a location some distance from Waterloo, the main railway route to Salisbury, despite making the city of Wiltshire the center of their visit.
The men went straight from Salisbury to Heathrow for the night flight.
But CCTV suggested that they did not have any luggage with them on their way home.