Introduction — September 9, 2018
As tensions mount with Moscow it is now being claimed that the two Russian suspects allegedly involved in the Skripal’s poisoning were in fact part of a six-strong assassination squad.
According to “security sources” being quoted by the British press, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were assisted in their plan by four other Russian agents, who travelled separately.
Together the six-man assassination squad was known as “The Cleaners”. While it may sound like something from a sixties spy-thriller that is what the British press, or at least their sources in the British security establishment would have you believe.
The Skripal’s were allegedly poisoned by novichok after the front door to Sergei Skripal’s house in Salisbury was smeared with the deadly nerve agent. However, as the former head of the U.S. Army’s Depleted Uranium Project and chemical weapons expert Captain Doug Roukke pointed out the assassins would have had to have worn full protective gear — like that pictured above — to have done so.
No one has reported seeing anything so conspicuous in Salisbury on the afternoon the Skripals were poisoned. If they had you can be sure that the media would be telling us all about it.
In addition, Captain Rokke says that IF Sergei Skripal’s front door HAD been smeared with Novichok the nerve agent’s toxicity would have reached “100 to 200” meters beyond Sergei Skripal’s house. Apart from Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley no one else was affected by the nerve agent.
So again, the official story over the Skripal’s poisoning just isn’t consistent with the facts. As for the CCTV photos of the alleged “assassins” they could very easily have been faked, like the photo (right) sent in by a regular contributor.
The British authorities have yet to produce any hard evidence to substantiate their claims. All we have are leaks and disclosures from unnamed “security sources”, which the media repeats without question or scrutiny. Ed.
Four MORE Russian suspects are yet to be named in the Salisbury Novichok probe amid claims the attack was carried out by a six strong assassination squad named ‘The Cleaners’
Tim Stickings — Daily Mail Sept 8, 2018
Four more Russians are suspects in the Novichok investigation but have yet to be named, it was claimed tonight.
Security sources have reportedly said the Russian hit squad who targeted former spy Sergei Skripal had six members who were known as The Cleaners.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused this week of carrying out the poisoning in Salisbury and were identified as members of the GRU, Russia‘s military intelligence service.
The attempted assassins are said to have had a backup team who travelled separately and helped with reconnaissance in Salisbury, the Mirror reported.
A source told the newspaper: ‘Back-up is needed to keep the Skripals under surveillance. Petrov and Boshirov needed to know they wouldn’t turn up while they were spraying the novichok.’
The backup team were also there in case anything happened to the nerve agent, the source said.
The two alleged assassins are also said to have visited the UK several times, posing as wealthy Russians, so that their trip in March would not attract suspicion.
It came as work started to decontaminate the home of poisoning victim Mr Skripal, six months after the attack.
A cordon is in place so that police investigations or clean-up work can be carried out safely and will remain in place until the decontamination has been completed.
Counter-terrorism officers believe the house is where Mr Skripal, a former Russian agent, and his daughter Yulia were contaminated with nerve agent on March 4, after a high concentration of the chemical weapon was found on the front door.
The clean-up is being overseen by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in partnership with Wiltshire Council and carried out by specialist military teams.
Former GRU officer Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March.
Detectives believe it is likely the two suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.
Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russia for the extradition of the two men, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.
Officers have formally linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury when Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent. Ms Sturgess later died in hospital.
Moscow has continued to deny it was involved in the attack.