Bodies of dead Russian exiles may be exhumed over Putin’s stockpiling of nerve agent for assassinations

The remains of at least two Russians who dropped dead suddenly in the UK are now expected to be re-examined

The remains of at least two Russians who dropped dead suddenly in the UK are now expected to be re-examined

The Telegraph

The bodies of Russian dissidents who died mysteriously could be exhumed in the wake of Boris Johnson’s disclosure that the Kremlin has spent a decade developing nerve agent for assassinations.

The remains of at least two Russians who dropped dead suddenly in the UK are now expected to be re-examined. Neither were tested for nerve agent poisoning at the time they died.

On Sunday Mr Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, accused Vladimir Putin’s regime of breaking international law by developing the nerve agent Novichok for use by hit squads over the past ten years.

Sergei Skripal, a Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal are fighting for their lives in intensive care after being poisoned by Novichok…

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Bodies of dead Russian exiles ‘to be RE-EXAMINED’ for nerve agents after Salisbury attack

BODIES of at least two Russians who died in sudden fashion in the UK are now expected to be exhumed and re-examined, as they were not tested for nerve agent poisoning when they died.

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Bodies of at least two Russians who died in sudden fashion are expected to be re-examined

The news has come amid claims that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

One of the men who is expected to be re-examined – Badri Patarkatsishvili – died aged 52 in February 2008 at his mansion in Surrey, where he had been living in exile after having fled Russia in 2001.

Mr Patarkatsishvili was a business partner Vladimir Putin’s arch enemy, Boris Berezovsky.

Mr Berezovsky was himself found dead at his Surrey home in mysterious circumstances in 2013.

A friend of Mr Patarkatsishvili, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, said: “The Home Office must consider exhuming Badri’s body.

“They never did the toxicological report on Badri. Surrey police just said he had a bad heart and had a heart attack. But I had seen him before his death and he was absolutely fine. The next day he was gone.”

Surrey Police also failed to test for a nerve agent when it came to the case of 43-year-old Alexander Perepilichny.

Mr Perepilichny died while out jogging at his home in 2012 after having provided evidence of fraud by Kremlin-linked officials.

Whilst police were not able to identify the cause of death, they did insist it was not suspicious.

However, an associate of Mr Perepilichny has also claimed that his body should be exhumed.

The source added: “He was never tested for nerve agent.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called for a new inquiry into 14 deaths, including those of Mr Patarkatsishvili, Mr Berezovsky and Mr Perepilichny, to be conducted together by both the police and M15.

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Amber Rudd has called for a new inquiry into 14 deaths

The investigation is not expected to begin until the investigation into the attack on both Sergei Skripal and his daughter begins to scale down, thus freeing up the availability of intelligence officers and detectives.

The news has come as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has accused Russia of stockpiling the nerve agent Novichok within the last 10 years.

Mr Johnson said: “We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok itself.”

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has broken his silence to dismiss claims Russia was involved in the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, as “nonsense”.

The Russian President said more people would have died in Salisbury if a military nerve agent had been used in the attack.

Speaking after winning a new term in the Russian presidential election, Putin dismissed the “absurd” claims and questioned why “Russia would do anything like that before the elections and the World Cup” this summer.

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