The Skripals were victims of Russia – but not necessarily of Putin | Alexey Kovalev

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The Salisbury poisoning suspects’ interview may look funny. But it points to frightening inter-agency power struggles

The Salisbury poisoning case gets stranger by the minute. The two men whom the Crown Prosecution Service fingered as prime suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March this year have finally gone public. Or have they?

One of them, Alexander Petrov, in a comment to Russian national television, promised to do an interview some time next week, as if he had more pressing matters to deal with than an international arrest warrant with his name on it and a global media storm. In any case, the two of them have a lot of explaining to do. Like, how do they happen to have passport numbers that differ by one single digit, as Russian reporters have discovered?

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