Skripal poisoning suspects give interview with RT

The Kremlin-funded RT news has published an interview with Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the men who the UK Crown Prosecution Service have charged over the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

Full Skripal case interview with the UK’s suspects (EXCLUSIVE)

Exclusive interview with Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov on the Skripal poisoning case in Salisbury.

According to UK authorities, the Skripals were poisoned in Salisbury, England, with a Novichok nerve agent.

The pair claimed that they were on vacation when they visited Salisbury and did not work for a Russian intelligence agency.

They also said that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are their real names.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, are seen in an image handed out by the London Metropolitan Police on September 5, 2018. Police handout via REUTERS

Some foreign correspondents in Moscow mocked their explanation that they had cut their visit short due to bad weather. (The Intercept)

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Wow, the weather in Salisbury on March 3 looks just awful, no way a Russian person could have made it to the 123-meter cathedral in those conditions

However recorded the weather conditions for March 3 (the first day they arrived in Salisbury) as having several periods of “light snow”, “light rain” and “snow flurries.”

Weather in March 2018 in Salisbury, England, United Kingdom

Weather reports from March 2018 in Salisbury, England, United Kingdom with highs and lows

Salisbury had also seen sleet and snow from the day before (due to storm Emma) causing icy conditions and traffic problems.

UPDATE: The Guardian reported that Bellingcat, a website run by a British citizen journalist Eliot Higgins, has uncovered some documents that allege one of the suspects has ties to the Russian defense ministry.

On September 26, Bellingcat announced it has identified one of the suspects as a colonel in the Russian military. Bellingcat scoured the internet, using both Russian and U.S. search engines, for photos of Russian military men who are identified as having birthdays similar to Ruslan Boshirov’s listed passport ID birthday. They found a photo of a man, Anatoliy Chepiga, who Bellingcat claims is a decorated officer and who looks similar to an earlier 2008 photo of Boshirov.

(photos from The Guardian)

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However, Craig Murray, a former British diplomat used facial recognition software and concluded that the photos are probably of different men.

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