3rd Russian Charged in 2018 Poisoning of Sergei Skripal

(PatriotWise.com)- On Tuesday, police in the United Kingdom charged a third suspect from Russia for his role in the nerve agent attack in 2018 on a former Russian agent who was in England at the time.

Prosecutors with Scotland Yard said they have enough evidence to charge Sergey Fedotov with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, causing grievous bodily harm, and possessing and using a chemical weapon.

In March of 2018, Sergei Skripal, a former spy for Russia, and his daughter Yulia were both targeted by a nerve agent attack while they were in Salisbury, England. According to British authorities, the attack was almost certainly approved “at a senior level of the Russian state.”

Ever since the attack happened, though, the government in Moscow has denied all allegations that it knew of the planned attack or were involved in any way, shape or form.

Both Sergei Skripal and his daughter survived the attack. However, it ultimately left one man seriously ill and killed a woman who is British.

Police in England previously charged two other agents with Russia’s military intelligence community in the incident. Authorities say these two people traveled to the United Kingdom to carry out the poisoning operation.

The two agents are known by the aliases Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov.

Following their arrest, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has said both of those suspects are civilians. They’ve also been on Russian TV stations and have said they were visited Salisbury on a tourism trip.

On Tuesday, police with Scotland Yard said the third suspect, known as Sergey Fedotov, is also a member of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service thought to be involved in the attack. They do believe, though, that the name is an alias for Denis Sergeev.

Scotland Yard has issued arrest warrants for all three suspects. They said they’ll apply for notices through Interpol for Fedotov this week.

British authorities believe all three suspects in this case worked together for the GRU “as part of operations outside of Russia.”

It’s so far proven to be an extremely complex case that’s been undertaken by the U.K. counter-terror team, according to Dean Haydon, the deputy assistant commissioner. Haydon has been appealing to anyone in the public who may have seen the three suspects in the United Kingdom in March of 2018 to contact police.

In a statement, he said:

“Whilst public attention gradually moved away from what happened in Salisbury and Amesbury, the investigation team has remained absolutely focuses, meticulously poring over the evidence and building our case.”

Skripal was a former military intelligence officer for Russia who eventually became a double agent for Britain. Both he and his daughter Yulia spent a few weeks in critical condition after being the targets of the attack.

Three months after the initial attack, two residents allegedly came across the discarded vial that had contained the nerve agent. They then fell ill, with one of the two recovering and the other dying.