Skripal detectives ‘uncover evidence that links the Kremlin to at least TWO more killings on British soil including poisoned jogger and ‘suicide’ of tycoon who crossed the Russians’
- Counter terror officers investigating whether Russian hitmen behind two deaths
- Alexander Perepilichnyy died after eating soup near his Surrey mansion in 2012
- Scot Young was found impaled on railings under his London flat in 2014
British police are secretly revisiting at least two deaths in the UK over evidence they may have been Russian backed assassinations, it has been reported.
As the investigation into the attempted murder of former double agent Sergei Skripal, 67 and his daughter Yulia, 34, continues officers have ‘found new evidence’ relating to other deaths.
The Skripals were saved after ingesting military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March sparking a furious row between London and Moscow.
Now, the deaths of Alexander Perepilichnyy and Scot Young are both being revisiteed, The Times reported. If enough evidence is found they could be refiled as ‘suspicious’ and investigated again.
Mr Perepilichnyy, a 44-year-old businessman collapsed outside his home in Surrey in 2012 after eating Russian sorrel soup.
Scot Young died in 2014. He was involved in Russian business and was friends with critics of President Vladimir Putin
Scot Young, 52, fell to his death from the penthouse apartment, impaling himself on railings below
Alexander Perepilichnyy ate soup at home then went for a run but collapsed and died. It is believed he may have been poisoned
Serge Skripal and Yulia Skripal photographed having a meal before they were targeted by Russian spies. Now, it is not clear where the family is staying
Police initially thought his death was not suspicious because there were no signs of toxins in his body.
But scientists later found chemical traces of gelsemium in his stomach.
Shortly before his death Perepilichnyy approached a Bill Brower – the founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital – and asked him to help expose fraud involving Russian tax officials.
Two years later, Scot Young was found dead impaled on railings at his central London home in December 2014.
Young, who originally came from an underprivileged area in Dundee had murky business dealings in Moscow, and was also friends with prominent critics of Putin.
Police records state Mr Young rang the police in August 2009 and ‘disclosed to officers that he believed he was going to be assassinated by gangsters and the Russian Mafia’.
In 2015, a coroner ruled Mr Young’s death could not be ruled as suicide due to insufficient evidence.
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It is reported now that at the time of both deaths agents from the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency, were in Britain, according to evidence from SO15.
GRU officers Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov have been named as the men who targeted the Skripals by Scotland Yard but president Vladimir Putin has denied any Russian involvement.
‘One of their lines of inquiry relates to Russian intelligence officers travelling in and out of the country around the time of the deaths,’ a source told The Times.
Mr Young’s family maintain he was forced out of a window in his Marylebone home.
Ex wife Michelle Young, mother of his two daughters, says he ‘was murdered’. Before his death he was ordered to pay her £26.5m despite claiming he had lost most of his fortune in Moscow.
Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are shown on CCTV on Fisherton Road, Salisbury
Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, both aged about 40, who are wanted in direct connection with the Salisbury Novichok attack and Amesbury investigation
Britain has already expelled scores of men and women it accused of being spies after the Novichok attack.
The poison later killed Dawn Sturgess, 44, who is believed to have sprayed a bottle of perfume found discarded in a park on her skin.
The perfume was laced with the poison and her partner Charlie Rowley also fell ill. He has suffered multiple strokes and fears he may die.
Police probes have found a number of agents for the GRU travelled to Britain on passports- all registered to the same Moscow address.
This weekend, Scotland Yard refused to discuss the latest developments.
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