Two Russian nationals suspects in Novichok poisoning

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov have been named as suspects in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.

The two Russian nationals are thought to have been using the names as aliases and are about 40. Scotland Yard and the CPS say that there is ‘sufficient evidence’ to ‘provide a realistic prospect of conviction’ to charge Petrov and Boshirov over the attack.

The offences include conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal; the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey; the use and possession of Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey.

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