Two Russians accused of launching a nervous agent attack on Britain may already be dead, according to a leading critic of Vladimir Putin.
Andrei Piontkovsky believes that the men, appointed by the British police as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, could have been executed to hide traces of the alleged crime.
He compared the case with that of Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, the men accused by Great Britain of poisoning Alexander Litvinenko with polonium in 2006.
Lugovoy and Kovtun went public to deny the claims shortly after being accused, which means that the Russian authorities then protected them, said Piontkovsky.
Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov (right) have been accused by the British police of being two Russian spies who launched a novichok attack in Salisbury earlier this year
Police have demanded that Russia hand over the two men (pictured in Britain), but a leading critic of Putin believes they may already be dead
Andrei Piontkovsky, a political analyst, raised the possibility that Russia has disposed of Petrov and Boshirov to conceal the evidence of the alleged crime.
"Lugovoy and Kovtun were rescued and ran to Ecko (radio station) and made public," said the respected mathematician and political analyst.
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British authorities say that Petrov and Bashirov are possible aliases used by two Russian GRU agents when they arrived in Britain armed with a bottle of perfume filled with novichok to kill the renegade spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Britain and its allies have accused the Russian state of sanctioning the attack and say that President Putin has the final responsibility for it.
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It was also made of special hardened glass, plastic or ceramic that surely would not break, break or degrade while carrying one of the deadliest weapons in the world.
There were also rumors that the police are looking for up to four more Russian spies who were part of the unit known as The Cleaners.
It is said that the assassination attempts had a backup team that traveled separately and helped with the reconnaissance in Salisbury, the Mirror reported.
It has been previously speculated that The authors of the downing in 2014 of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, an act that killed 298 people, could have been killed eliminate those who one day could testify about the role of Moscow in horror.
Piontkovsky said that after Dmitry Kovtun (left) Andrey Lugovoi was accused of poisoning Alexander Litvinenko, they went public to protect themselves, but so far no one has seen or heard Petrov or Borishov.
The men are accused of using a modified perfume bottle to spray a deadly nerve agent at the front door of Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury (pictured being decontaminated)
Sergei and his daughter Yulia (pictured) collapsed and were taken to hospital after the attack in March this year, but survived
Meanwhile, the Russian state television launched to new critics of Great Britain by the poisoning, in the middle of the protests by the attempt of Putin to reform the Russian pensions.
The program of Vesti Nedeli accused London of an "epidemic of lies", with the presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, nicknamed Putin's propaganda chief, claiming that May was using the Skripal case to cover up the "failure" of his Brexit policy.
Television programs criticized the idea of professional Russian agents being seen so easily in CCTV images or not killing their target.
Irada Zeynalova, presenter of Itogi Nedeli, said the British prime minister needed a "foreign enemy" to reunite Britain and chose Russia.
Petrov and Boshirov became Russian villains to the extent that it was surprising that they were not represented in the traditional Ushanka fur hats, he said.
Russian state television assured its viewers that the poisoning of novichok was the work of British or Western secret services.
Weekly Vremya claimed that the plot "could not be more absurd" and claimed that Britain had invented crude stereotypes of bad Russians as seen in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Red Heat.
The events showed the "infantilism of British society."
This was repeated by the representative of Russia in the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, who affirmed that Great Britain had experienced a "degradation" of its "political culture".
He said: "It is difficult to imagine a serious court, even in the United Kingdom, for example, agreeing to examine the arguments of the British side.
"Nobody needs the truth, since a new political stratagem has been introduced, absolutely unique and efficient: to present charges and to point out the culprits without any proof".
& # 39; Nobody needs [to know who is] guilty.
"Or, rather, the culprits have been announced, but nobody needs justice."
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