Scribal’s holster floats on the surface
According to the Czech government, the two Russian agents are suspected of this Poison Sergei Skripal, a former intelligence agent Russian military, then British spy, in 2018 in the United Kingdom This is the cause of an explosion in 2014 in the east of the country. In response, Prague expelled 18 Russian diplomats.
On October 16, 2014, a massive eruption rocked eastern Czech Republic from Verbetes. About 58 tons of ammunition exploded in a warehouse rented by a private military company, blowing up windows of surrounding buildings and evacuating schools. Two men who worked at the site are dying. The source of the accident remained unknown until Saturday evening.
More than six years after the crash, Czech authorities say they suspect Russian military intelligence Tower crane. Prime Minister André Babis said he had “irrefutable proof” of his involvement, thanks to information received on Friday, the source of which is unknown. In the meantime, the Czech government has decided to expel 18 employees of the Russian Embassy, identified by the intelligence services as belonging to the GRU and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). A new setback for Moscow which He was the subject of new US sanctions last week.
Above all, the police named two suspects, two Russian agents well known on European soil, who gave a whole new dimension to the Vrbetice explosion and helped link three dark cases. They are Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boucherov, the fictitious identities used by Russian military intelligence agents who poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK, in 2018. The latter survived, but a Briton died the following month while spraying a bottle of perfume found in a garden containing poison. The same men are hiding behind the blast: The ID photos used by the couple in the Czech Republic are identical to their photos in the UK.
According to the survey site BellingcatPetrov, who carried out extensive investigations into the Skripal assassination attempt, is in fact identified as Alexander Myshkin and his friend Anatoly Chipega. The two are part of GRU unit 29155, even though they are on their own. During the moon’s ‘interview’ It was given to the channel near the Kremlin RT.
Link to a Bulgarian case
After the attack on Salisbury, which led to a deterioration in relations between Europeans and Russians, the security services of the old continent decided to reopen the suspicious files. According to the BBCBy rechecking the items in their possession, the Czechs moved forward. They received an email sent to Imex, the company that stores ammunition in Vrbetice, asking two men to view the site. The message was supposed to come from the Tajik National Guard and include the passports of people believed to be Tajik and Moldovan citizens, along with their photos, allowing them to get confused.
The two men arrived a few days before the explosion at Prague airport. Then they booked accommodation from October 13 to 17 in Ostrava, near the munitions site. On the sixteenth day of the explosion, they left the country for Vienna, before returning to Moscow. Boshirov / Chepiga was already reported in Prague on October 11, 2014, Without it being possible To confirm this with certainty.
Russia should abandon these actions that violate most basic international standards
More interestingly, the Czech case may have something to do with the mysterious poisoning of a Bulgarian arms seller that occurred a few months later. Emilian Gebrev was stocking ammunition at the Vrbetice facility awaiting sale, especially for the Ukrainian army, which had just come into conflict with pro-Russian separatists. In April 2015, the gunsmith fell seriously ill without a clear explanation. Even nothing will come out of the investigation of the Bulgarian authorities What Bellingcat reports That a third Russian military intelligence agent, after orchestrating the attack on Skripal, was in Sofia when Gebrev’s torment began. Sergey Fedotov (real name Denis Vyacheslavovich Sergeev) rented a room in the same hotel and evaporated on the same day. This scenario was repeated a month later when Gebrev’s symptoms returned. After reopening the investigation and suspecting poisoning, possibly also novichok, the Bulgarian authorities asked for help from the UK.
“ Retaliatory measures ”
The progress of the Czech investigation has already generated strong reactions. Moscow threatened Prague with “retaliatory measures”. This hostile move follows a series of anti-Russian measures taken by the Czech Republic in recent years. The Russian Foreign Ministry wrote in a statement. Washington supported the Czech Republic, as did the UK: “We remain resolute and determined to bring those responsible for the Salisbury attack to justice and welcome the actions of the Czech authorities to do the same. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Russia should drop these actions which violate the most important standards. The issue is expected to be debated Monday at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers.