UK police chart suspects’ movements in Skripal poisoning

September 5, 2018
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This still taken from CCTV and issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on Wednesday Sept. 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov at Gatwick airport, England on March 2, 2018. British prosecutors have charged two Russian men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. They are charged in absentia with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and use of the nerve agent Novichok. (Metropolitan Police via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Britain has charged two Russian men with the nerve-agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Authorities say the men, traveling under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, came to Britain on March 2 on a murderous mission and left on March 4, hours after the Skripals were attacked.

The Metropolitan Police force has released a timeline of the men’s movements and appealed to the public for information.

March 2, 2018:

3 p.m.: Two men using passports in the names of Petrov and Boshirov arrive at Gatwick Airport on Aeroflot Flight SU2588 from Moscow.

5:40 p.m.: The pair arrive at London Victoria station by train from the airport.

6 p.m.: The men take public transportation to London’s Waterloo station, and then travel to the City Stay Hotel in east London, where they spend two nights.

March 3:

11:45 a.m.: The pair arrive at Waterloo station and board a train for Salisbury, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) to the southwest.

2:25 p.m.: They arrive in Salisbury.

4:10 p.m.: Petrov and Boshirov leave Salisbury for London by train after what police say was a reconnaissance trip.

8:05 p.m.: The pair arrive back at their London hotel.

March 4:

8:05 a.m.: The pair take the London Underground from their hotel to Waterloo station and board a train to Salisbury.

11:48 a.m.: Security cameras record the men leaving Salisbury railway station.

11:58 a.m.: Police say images show the men near Skripal’s house “moments before the attack.”

1:05 p.m.: Cameras record the suspects heading back toward the railway station.

1:50 p.m.: Petrov and Boshirov are filmed at Salisbury railway station.

4:45 p.m.: The pair arrive back in London at Waterloo station.

6:30 p.m.: They take the London Underground to Heathrow Airport.

7:28 p.m.: Closed-circuit TV catches the pair going through passport control at Heathrow.

10:30 p.m.: They leave London for Moscow on Aeroflot Flight SU2585.

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