Putin signed decree on freelance spies days before Skripal claims

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Russian officials dismiss claim by Theresa May that GRU was to blame for Salisbury attack

Vladimir Putin signed a presidential decree making information about freelance agents working for Russia’s foreign intelligence agencies a state secret, two days before Theresa May accused Russian secret service officers of carrying out the Skripal attack in Salisbury.

Previously, only information about regular personnel was considered a state secret, according to Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency, which reported on Putin signing the order on Monday.

Related: UK faces tough diplomatic task to challenge Russia after Skripal charges

This article was amended on 6 September 2018 to clarify that Andrei Lugovoi’s earnings as an MP were reported in 2014.

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