16 August 2019, 12:29

There was another victim of poisoning by deadly Novichok agent in Salisbury - British police

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Another police officer was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

The headquarters of Scotland Yard reported on the victim, according to Evening Standard.

Wiltshire Police Officer was reportedly exposed to a small amount of lethal substance. After receiving medical care, the officer whose name was not disclosed returned to work.

The officer participated in the operation after the poisoning of ex-colonel of the GRU Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March last year.

Immediately after completing the assignment, a blood sample was taken from the officer took for a forensic examination. And only now it was possible to find out that the sample contained traces of the Novichok.

These forensic tests were carried out as part of what remains an ongoing investigation, which has been unprecedented in its complexity and scale and has involved thousands of exhibits. Officers continue to work closely with scientists and experts to meticulously and methodically review and examine the evidence available to us.

The police also noted that the officer was informed, and he continues to receive support from the Wiltshire Police along with other officers affected by the events in Salisbury.

On March 5, 2018, former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were hospitalized in critical condition after poisoning in Salisbury (UK) with the nerve agents Novichok.

The British Prosecutor’s office released the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the Skripals. They turned out to be two citizens of the Russian Federation – Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Both men were charged on four counts: conspiracy to attempt murder, attempted murder, use and possession of the banned substance Novichok, and grievous bodily harm. It soon became known that “Aleksandr Petrov” is a GRU officer with the real name Aleksandr Mishkin, and “Ruslan Boshirov” is GRU Colonel Anatoly Chepiga.