United Kingdom poised to ask Russian Federation to extradite Salisbury attack suspects

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

Russia, which has denied any involvement, is certain to reject any request, which is likely to continue a diplomatic row.

Britain intends to request the extradition of two Russian agents believed to have been involved in the Novichok poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in England earlier this year, according to the Guardian newspaper.

The Guardian newspaper, citing unnamed government and security sources, said state prosecutors had prepared the extradition request and were ready to submit it to Moscow.

Earlier this year, after Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter were likely attacked with the Novichok nerve agent, which left them both in critical condition in hospital for weeks, the United Kingdom, and a number of its allies, expelled Russian diplomats.

The Guardian reported that an investigation by hundreds of British police and intelligence officers pieced together the movements of the two Russians, from their entry into Britain through their departure. "Officials from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are believed to have been drawing up the papers", said the Times.

Two more people, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, were subsequently treated for exposure to Novichok after Ms Sturgess reportedly picked up a discarded perfume bottle thought to have contained the agent.

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"This is Litvinenko all over again".

Moscow has categorically denied all accusations over the novichok attacks. "The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again", a Whitehall source said.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisonings and identified the poison as Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Russian constitution forbids the extradition of Russian citizens to another state.

Rowley recovered but Sturgess sadly died. One died days afterwards.

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