Six months after the attack on Salisbury, two assassins of the Russian secret service have been unmasked as the alleged perpetrators of the audacious assassination attempt on British territory.
Thanks to CCTV and the meticulous detective work, with the officers reconstructing the movements of the couple of hours of filming and innumerable cameras, it has been possible to reconstruct their trip from Moscow to London, to the cathedral city of Wiltshire and back in plane to Russia.
They were in Britain for less than three days.
It has been possible to reconstruct your trip from Moscow to London, to the cathedral city of Wiltshire and back on a plane to Russia.
THE FLIGHT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, March 2: The two men, who are said to be over 40, leave Moscow on an Aeroflot flight to London using fake names on genuine Russian passports.
The documents do not contain the paternal line of the pair; the intermediate names of Russians are routinely used in identity documents or passports and denote the name of a father.
One of the names used, Alexander Petrov, is also suspect. It is common in Russia as John Smith once was in the United Kingdom.
It is assumed that men did not try to disguise themselves. Many criminals have been known, as in movies, to use prosthetic masks to avoid being identified by cameras.
We do not know if the deadly nerve agent novichok, used in the attack and transported by the duo in a bottle of fake Nina Ricci perfume, was in their possession when they entered Britain.
If it was not like that, maybe they picked up the lethal material from the accomplices who are already here.
After having cleared the security of the airport, they take the train to Victoria station in London, arriving at 5.40pm. Twenty minutes later, they transfer to the subway and travel three stops to Waterloo.
YOUR HOTEL (YARDS OF THE POLICE STATION)
From Waterloo, they cross the Thames to the City Stay hotel for £ 48 per night and two stars on Bow Road, east of London, where they booked two nights. It boasts of having kitchen facilities in each room and is located near the London Underground.
However, a recent review on Trip-Advisor said the hotel is "desperately depressing" and "smelled musty." A visitor complains online that he could not sleep while police sirens sounded from 11 p.m. M. Until 2 p.m. which, ironically considering the choice of the hotel by the Russians, "did not help because the police station is crossing the street".
A police officer is outside the City Stay Hotel used by Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov
The Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday that "low" levels of Novichok were found in the hotel in May, during their investigation.
The hotel issued a statement saying that it is fully supporting the police investigation & # 39; and that it's open for business as usual & # 39;
The assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, insisted that there was no threat to public health, but asked anyone who stayed there between 4 March and 4 May to contact Scotland Yard.
YOUR DUMMY RUNS ON SALISBURY
Saturday, March 3: CCTV images show that they go from your hotel to Waterloo station at 11.45 a.m. and then take the train to Salisbury.
They do not stay in the city for long. They arrive at 2.25 p.m. and they go to London shortly after 4 p.m. At 8 pm, they return to their hotel for the second night. It was a round trip of 240 miles, with a return fare of around £ 40 and the fastest one-way trip that took about an hour.
THE COUPLE STRIKE AT THE SKRIPAL HOUSE
Sunday, March 4: from Bow, they retrace their steps: they leave the hotel at 8 a.m. to go to Waterloo on the subway, and back to Salisbury by train.
The two, one in a woolen hat and the other in a cap, are captured in closed circuit television at the Salisbury train station at 11.48 a.m. with the same puffa jackets and jeans in which they arrived at Gatwick.
Ruslan Boshirov at the Gatwick airport on March 2, 2018. The CPS issued European arrest warrants for the extradition of Boshirov and Alexander Petrov in connection with the poisoning attack on Novichok against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.
Alexander Petrov at the Gatwick airport on March 2, 2018. The CPS issued European arrest warrants for the extradition of Ruslan Boshirov and Petrov
Ten minutes later they are discovered by another surveillance camera at a gas station on Wilton Road, a few steps from Christie Miller Road, where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia lived.
Police say that this was only moments before the attack, when it is believed that Novichok, in the perfume bottle, was stained on the door handle of the former spy's safe house.
ON ROUTE TO RUSSIA THE SAME DAY
Another CCTV camera picks up the suspects, smiling and looking relaxed, at 1.05 p.m. on Fisherton Street, before stopping to look at the town hall of Salisbury.
Then they go to the train station, where they take the train from 1.50 pm back to London, arriving 55 minutes later to Waterloo.
It was, however, a quick change for what was obviously a well-planned assassination attempt.
The next sighting of the men is after their arrival at Waterloo, at 4:45 p.m., when they board a fast train to Heathrow Airport at 6:30 p.m.
Less than an hour later, at 7.28 p. M., They are detected passing through passport control and security without asking questions, before getting going. Then they board their plane at the Moscow International Airport, Sheremetyevo, at 10.30 p.m. M.
LUNCH THAT ENDED IN THE HOSPITAL DASH
As the plane takes off for Russia, the Skripals have been fighting for their lives in the hospital for hours after contacting the novichok.
It is likely that they were poisoned as a result of touching the handle on the front door when they left their house for lunch, at which point the alleged killers were already at the Salisbury station and are about to leave the cathedral city quickly. .
The CCTV images in a pub show Skripal driving Yulia, 33, to Salisbury at 1.35 p. M. Sunday. He parks his dark red BMW in the open-air parking lot at Maltings Mall at 1.40 p.m.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov at the Salisbury train station on the day of the attack on March 3
From there, he and his daughter walk to the Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant, where they remain until 3.35 p.m. Emergency services are called to help the father and daughter at 4:15 p.m. when they sit on a bench near the restaurant after collapsing.
A police officer who tries to help them as they enter and leave consciousness is also contaminated. A witness says that Yulia Skripal's eyes are looking, she is sparkling in her mouth and completely white. As the amazing story emerges, the search for the most wanted men in Britain begins.
TRAGIC BRITONES THAT COLLECTED THE POISON
Saturday, June 30: Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, are unconscious and foaming at a nearby property in Amesbury.
They found the perfume bottle used to transport the nerve agent in a charity warehouse near Queen Elizabeth Gardens, a little over a mile from the Skripals house, which closes immediately to the public.
Dawn had taken the bottle home to try it.
Police said the couple was exposed to the novichok and that both are treated at the hospital.
ONLY DAYS LATER, DAWN STURGESS DIES
Sunday, July 8: Scotland Yard launches a murder investigation after Miss Sturgess is pronounced dead. Mr. Rowley is discharged almost three weeks later.
Dawn Sturgess died after exposure to nerve agent Novichok, four months after the same chemical was used against the Skripals
THE CLUES TERROR POLICE COULD HAVE
Sources from Moscow say that the British must have key information about the two men they keep secret.
Both men would have needed a British visa to travel to the United Kingdom, and this means that the anti-terrorist police are expected to have additional details – including fingerprints or other biometric data required from Russians seeking to come here – that could reveal their true identity. .
It is unlikely that Britain will get much help from the Russians. In Moscow, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zhakarova, said: "We urge once again the British side to move from public accusations and manipulation of information to practical cooperation through the enforcement agencies the law".
She said the names and photos of the two suspects released by the United Kingdom "do not say anything".
Meanwhile, Sergei Skripal's niece, Victoria, who has repeatedly asked to see her uncle and Yulia, who are now in custody in another safe house, added: "Until now I only see photos of two people I do not know. , the second is Slavic in appearance, almost half of Russia has the surname Petrov. "
HAD AN ATTACK ESTABLISHED FOR ONE YEAR STOPPED?
The names they used may be fake, but the suspects seem to have used them to visit Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan and Paris in recent months.
A leading Russian news agency, Fontanka, said that Petrov & # 39; He traveled to London for six days in February and March of 2017.
An image issued by the Metropolitan Police, a perfume atomizer that is believed to have been used in the attack Salisbury Novichok
If it's true, was he getting the disposition of the land? Was the murder of what the Soviets considered a renegade spy already planned? Could I have visited Salisbury?
Certainly, if he came to Britain, he could explain how the novichok assassins seemed so at home in England as they zigzagged between London and Salisbury on their murderous weekend mission.