sergei skripal

And the poisoned perfume

A forensic tent covering the bench in the center of Salisbury where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found on March 4, 2018.

A forensic tent covering the bench in the center of Salisbury where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found on March 4, 2018.


recommended reading

As an account of the case, Mark Urban’s 2018 book offers unique access to Skripal prior to the incident in Salisbury as well as a thorough examination of the investigation: The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy


A rare - and not confirmed - photo of Pablo Miller, Skripal’s MI6 case officer. Miller also worked in private security with Christopher Steele.

A rare - and not confirmed - photo of Pablo Miller, Skripal’s MI6 case officer. Miller also worked in private security with Christopher Steele.

Pablo Miller worked with Orbis Business Intelligence, the company established by Christopher Steele. It produced the “Trump-Russia Dossier”.

Pablo Miller worked with Orbis Business Intelligence, the company established by Christopher Steele. It produced the “Trump-Russia Dossier”.


An image released in 2018 by British police, appearing to show two Russian men, identified as Ruslan Boshirov (left) and Alexander Petrov.

An image released in 2018 by British police, appearing to show two Russian men, identified as Ruslan Boshirov (left) and Alexander Petrov.

The two people identified, Ruslan Boshirov (left) and Alexander Petrov, speaking on Russian television in 2018 to deny any involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals.

The two people identified, Ruslan Boshirov (left) and Alexander Petrov, speaking on Russian television in 2018 to deny any involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals.

 
Left: A passport photo from 2003 showing a person that the Bellingcat investigative website has identified as Anatoliy Chepiga. Bellingcat unearthed evidence that Chepiga was a Russian intelligence officer.  Center: A passport photo from 2009, seeming to show the person identified as Ruslan Boshirov.  Right: Photo of Ruslan Boshirov released by British police in 2018.

Left: A passport photo from 2003 showing a person that the Bellingcat investigative website has identified as Anatoliy Chepiga. Bellingcat unearthed evidence that Chepiga was a Russian intelligence officer.

Center: A passport photo from 2009, seeming to show the person identified as Ruslan Boshirov.

Right: Photo of Ruslan Boshirov released by British police in 2018.

 
Left: Bellingcat found a 2001 passport photo seeming to show Alexander Mishkin. Bellingcat claims that Mishkin was a Russian armed forces medic.  Right: A passport photo from 2006 seeming to show Alexander Petrov, also uncovered by Bellingcat.

Left: Bellingcat found a 2001 passport photo seeming to show Alexander Mishkin. Bellingcat claims that Mishkin was a Russian armed forces medic.

Right: A passport photo from 2006 seeming to show Alexander Petrov, also uncovered by Bellingcat.

An image of a person called Alexander Petrov, taken from a 2016 passport, and released by British police in the aftermath of the Salisbury poisonings.

An image of a person called Alexander Petrov, taken from a 2016 passport, and released by British police in the aftermath of the Salisbury poisonings.


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Assassinations Podcast Theme Music (Intro, Outro, and Transitions) written and performed by Graeme Ronald

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