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Report: Russian spy suspects detained this year by Dutch

Sep. 21, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — British investigative group Bellingcat says two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year. Bellingcat in its investigation released late Thursday quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan...

Police on guard for poison at UN meeting; no specific threat

Sep. 20, 2018 8:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police seeking to secure the United Nations General Assembly are on guard for would-be assassins like the two men accused of poisoning a former Russian spy in England. There have been no specific threats. But the New York Police Department's top counterterrorism official, John Miller, said...

Roads shut after 2 fall ill in UK city where ex-spy poisoned

Sep. 16, 2018 8:51 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police closed roads and called a hazardous response team Sunday night after two people became ill at a restaurant in the English city where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent. Wiltshire Police described the emergency steps taken in response to "a...

Reporters: Number in suspect's file reached Russian military

Sep. 15, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two journalists say the passport file of one of the suspects in the poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in England contains a telephone number that appears to belong to Russia's Defense Ministry. Belligcat, an online investigative organization headquartered in England,...

Kremlin: Britain could ask to interrogate poisoning suspects

Sep. 14, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is ready to consider a request by British investigators to come and interrogate the two men accused of poisoning a former spy, the Kremlin said Friday. Britain charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov last week with trying to kill double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter,...

Russian suspects in poisoning: We were in UK as tourists

Sep. 13, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The two Russian men spun an unlikely tale of hapless tourists defeated by grim British weather: They traveled more than 1,000 miles to see England's famed Salisbury Cathedral but were turned back by slush and snow, then returned the next day and spent two hours exploring the "beautiful" city....

The Latest: UK repeats assertion that Russia is lying

Sep. 13, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain (all times local): 2:45 p.m. The British government has repeated its assertion that Russian authorities were lying about the poisoning of a Russian former spy in the English city of Salisbury. Britain last week charged two...

Accused abroad, Russians become celebrities at home

Sep. 12, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The last time Britain accused two Russians of an assassination, one of them ended up in the Russian parliament. The case of Andrei Lugovoi, a key suspect in the 2006 killing of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, shows how the two alleged Russian military intelligence operatives accused by...

Putin: Suspects in Britain poisoning are innocent civilians

Sep. 12, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russian authorities know the identities of the two men accused by Britain of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a former spy, but he added that they are civilians and there is "nothing criminal" about them. The statement by Putin marked an abrupt...

Moscow envoy: Poisoning claims are 'anti-Russian hysteria'

Sep. 6, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat on Thursday denounced British accusations that Russian military intelligence agents poisoned a former spy in England, calling them base untruths aimed at whipping up hostility toward Moscow. The statement by Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia to a session of the U.N. Security...