Tuesday 11 December 2018

Number in Novichok suspect’s passport file reached Russian military, says report

The UK has accused Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov of the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Alexander Petrov is accused along with Ruslan Boshirov of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Alexander Petrov is accused along with Ruslan Boshirov of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (Metropolitan Police/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Two journalists say the passport file of one of the suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack contains a telephone number that appears to belong to Russia’s Defence Ministry.

Belligcat, an online investigative organisation headquartered in the UK, published a phone number on Friday that it said came from what it described as the passport records of Alexander Petrov.

The UK has accused Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov of the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

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Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov on Fisherton Road in Salisbury on March 4 (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The UK believes the two men are Russian military intelligence agents.

The number does not bear a city code. Oliver Carroll of The Independent and Patrick Reevell of ABC News in the US tweeted that they called it using a Moscow prefix and the person who answered said they had reached a Defence Ministry number.

Calls to the number from The Associated Press were not answered on Saturday.

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