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Novichok-Poisoned Cop: 'We Lost Everything'

Nick Bailey describes 'emotional battering' in first interview

(Newser) - It wasn't just a police officer's health that suffered after he came into contact with Novichok left on the door handle of the home of a former Russian spy living in England. "We lost everything," Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey tells the BBC in his first interview... More »

Putin Has One Word for Skripal: 'Scumbag'

He thinks the ex-spy is a traitor, too

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has previously addressed the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, but never quite like this. When asked on Wednesday about sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of the attack, Putin dismissed the ex-spy as "just a scumbag" who turned on his country, reports the AP . "... More »

Investigative Group Says It Has Unmasked Novichok Suspect

Bellingcat says Ruslan Boshirov is really Col. Anatoliy Chepiga

(Newser) - As the UK has alleged , Ruslan Boshirov is not who he says he is, at least according to an online investigative group. The Guardian reports Bellingcat and investigative partner the Insider say they have identified one of the men accused of poisoning the Skripals with novichok as a colonel with... More »

Novichok Suspects: We Only Wanted to See Stonehenge

Ruslan Boshirov, Alexander Petrov deny attack to Kremlin-funded 'RT'

(Newser) - That was fast. A day after Vladimir Putin hinted at an interview , two Russians claiming to be those accused of depositing a nerve agent on the door of a former Russian spy living in England announced they were only on a sightseeing trip. Describing themselves as victims of a "... More »

Putin on Novichok Suspects: 'We Have Found Them'

Suggests they may appear publicly soon to defend their innocence

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin says Russia has located the men named by the UK as the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. "We know who they are, we have found them," he said. "I hope they will turn up themselves and tell everything. This would... More »

How a Perfume Bottle of Novichok Allegedly Got to UK

UK authorities say it was flown from Moscow as fake Nina Ricci perfume

(Newser) - The two men blended in with crowds in Salisbury, which was hosting its weekly Saturday market, then slipped away within a couple of hours. They returned the next day and, in broad daylight, allegedly sprayed the door handle of the home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal with Novichok nerve... More »

Chemical Attack in UK Leads to US Sanctions on Russia

The State Department is retaliating for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal

(Newser) - The US is poised to impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for a March nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Per BBC , US investigators have determined the country is behind the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, who were... More »

Novichok Victim Describes the Moment Girlfriend Fell Ill

Charlie Rowley says he found bottle of what appeared to be perfume, gave it to Dawn Sturgess

(Newser) - Charlie Rowley found a sealed box of perfume and gave it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess. She sprayed some on her wrists, and within 15 minutes, was complaining of a headache. Just moments after that, "she said she felt peculiar and needed to lie down in the bath, which... More »

Britain May Have Spotted Russian Suspects in Poisonings

Two reports say that authorities identified at least two people in airport surveillance

(Newser) - It looks like Britain may have identified at least two suspects in the Novichok poisonings—and they're Russians. Authorities have not publicly made any announcement, but CNN and the British news agency the Press Association (here via the BBC ) are each reporting the development. Investigators pored over surveillance... More »

Fox Host Asks Putin the Questions Trump Didn't

Chris Wallace wanted to know why Russian leader's rivals end up dead

(Newser) - With President Trump apparently unable or unwilling to ask Vladimir Putin tough questions, US interests were represented in Helsinki by ... Chris Wallace? The Fox host's interview with the Russian leader , which aired Monday night, was a testy affair, with Putin clearly unhappy about a journalist challenging him, the Washington ... More »

Deadly Nerve Agent May Have Been in Perfume Bottle

Brother of one of 2 recent Novichok victims in UK identifies the apparent source

(Newser) - The British woman who died last month after being exposed to a nerve agent may have poisoned herself with a spritz from a perfume bottle. Dawn Sturgess' boyfriend also was exposed, and his brother tells the BBC that authorities have identified the source of the toxin Novichok that killed Sturgess... More »

Authorities ID Source of Nerve Agent: a Small Bottle

Novichok found in residence of man poisoned; his girlfriend has died

(Newser) - A British mother of three died last week after she and her boyfriend were exposed to the same nerve agent blamed in the poisoning of a spy. Now investigators have traced the poison in the latest case to a bottle found in the home of boyfriend Charlie Rowley, who was... More »

British Woman Poisoned by Nerve Agent Dies

Counter-terror chief slams 'outrageous, reckless, and barbaric act'

(Newser) - The latest Novichok case in England is now a murder investigation. Dawn Sturgess, one of two people exposed to the same nerve agent that nearly killed Russian citizens Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal earlier this year, died late Sunday at the hospital in Salisbury where she had been treated since... More »

Couple Sickened by Novichok Handled Contaminated Item

Charlie Rowley, Dawn Sturgess described as found foaming at the mouth

(Newser) - The UK on Wednesday confirmed that the two people who lie critically ill in Salisbury District Hospital were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The BBC reports the pair are Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44; Metropolitan Police on Thursday... More »

Nerve Agent in Poisoning of Skripals Was Liquid

Investigators say full cleanup will take months

(Newser) - The nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered in liquid form, British officials said Tuesday, per the AP , revealing it will take months to clean up the toxic trail the poison left around the city of Salisbury. The UK Environment Department said... More »

UK Alleges Russia Previously Tested Door-Handle Attack

Sends letter to NATO detailing evidence of Russia's hand in things

(Newser) - The Skripals have been in Russia's sights for some time, or so alleged the UK on Friday. National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill accused the country of spying on Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia for a minimum of five years, and offered some specifics in a letter sent to NATO... More »

A 'Significant Milestone' for Poisoned Spy's Daughter

Yulia Skripal is released from the hospital

(Newser) - More good news for the daughter of a poisoned former Russian spy: Yulia Skripal is out of the hospital. "This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone," says a statement from the UK's Salisbury District Hospital, per the BBC . The 33-year-old had... More »

Scientists Can't Confirm Novichok Came From Russia

But the UK says their work is just one piece of the puzzle

(Newser) - Countries have lined up behind the UK to enact consequences on Russia in the wake of the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia, but the scientists who have been analyzing the nerve agent on Tuesday clarified that they haven't been able to establish it was created in... More »

Niece: Skripal, Daughter Probably Won't Live

Viktoria Skripal says she has just '1% of hope,' though she's hoping for 'miracle'

(Newser) - Theresa May predicted that ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may never fully recover after being poisoned with a nerve agent March 4 in Salisbury, England. Now a family member tells the BBC , via the Guardian , that the outlook for the pair "really isn't good" and that... More »

UK: Trail to Spy's Poisoning 'Leads Inexorably to Kremlin'

Russian ambassador to UK says situation is 'escalating dangerously and out of proportion'

(Newser) - Britain's foreign secretary said Sunday that the trail of blame for the poisoning of a former spy "leads inexorably to the Kremlin," reports the AP , after a Russian envoy suggested the nerve agent could have come from a UK lab. "We actually have evidence within the... More »

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