The story sounds like something out of a spy novel—only it’s from real life. Two men charged with poisoning a former spy appeared on television yesterday. They denied any involvement in a near-fatal poison attack and say their visit to the city of the poisoning was just an “incredible, fatal coincidence.”
In March, someone poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok. Great Britain believes the GRU (Russian military intelligence agency) dispatched Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov to poison the Skripals.
Last week, Britain charged Boshirov and Petrov with the crime.
British police have released video footage and photographs. Images show the two men walking in Skripal’s neighborhood on March 4, the day of the attack. Britain claims the attack was almost certainly approved “at a senior level of the Russian state.” Moscow strongly denies the charge.
Yesterday, Boshirov and Petrov made their first public appearance in an interview on a Kremlin-sponsored television station. During the interview, the men talked about a March trip to Salisbury, about two hours’ drive southwest of London, to see its famous cathedral.
“Our friends have been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town,” Petrov says. Boshirov adds that they specifically wanted to see the cathedral’s famous spire and clock.
Both men looked composed during the interview. They confidently recite details about Salisbury’s tourist attractions, including the height of the cathedral’s spire. They deny carrying a bottle of women’s perfume where British authorities found traces of Novichok.
The British government issued a statement after Russia released the interview and reiterated their claim that Russian authorities are lying about the case.
The Bible says, “Nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17 NASB) Even if this case is never solved on Earth, God in heaven knows what happened that day. What do you think about the Russian poisoning case?
(AP Photo: An image from closed-circuit television shows Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov walking on Fisherton Road, Salisbury, England, on March 4, 2018.)