(updated: 16:10 16.09.2018)
MOSCOW, September 16 (Itar-Tass) – RIA Novosti. The British tabloid The Sun published an article that "suspects" in the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov allegedly prevented hotel guests from staying in London.
As stated in the material, the employees of the institution received a complaint about the Russians living in one of the rooms. The Sun quotes the words of one of the guests who allegedly witnessed the "noisy behavior" of men and their quarrel with the staff.
The guest said that Petrov and Boshirov "rolled up" in the room a party with drugs and a prostitute. How he learned that it was the number of Boshirov and Petrov remains unclear – he allegedly met one of the Russians in the toilet.
"The outraged guest complained about the registration desk at the hotel, but the couple continued their antics," writes The Sun.
After the stay of Petrov and Boshirov in the hotel, they even had to do "cosmetic repairs" in their room, the article says. Despite this, a month later the police "discovered" the traces of the "Novice" in the room.
London calls Petrova and Boshirova "GRU agents." It remains unclear why "special services" would have attracted the attention of the entire hotel, risking being caught with drugs.
On March 4, the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the British city of Salisbury. The incident provoked a major international scandal. In London, they said that Russia was involved in the incident, Moscow categorically denies this. The Russian side repeatedly offered to conduct a joint investigation of the incident, but Britain ignored this initiative and denied access to the Fiddles.
On September 5, London published photographs of "suspected" of poisoning in Salisbury. According to the British side, these are two officers of the GRU – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. However, they themselves told in an interview with the editor-in-chief Sputnik and RT Margarita Simonyan that they visited Britain for tourist purposes, are in no way connected with Russian special services and have nothing to do with the case of the Violins.
In pursuit of the sensation, the British media have repeatedly published information about the Salisbury incident, which was subsequently not confirmed. Earlier, The Sun released a story about the fact that Petrova and Boshirova were "executed by Putin." Before that, the tabloid reported that the Scrapies had been poisoned with buckwheat, which contained a nerve agent. In turn, the Daily Mail wrote that the main suspect in the crime is a woman.
The Sun reported that the poison was allegedly synthesized in the SVR laboratory in Yasenevo in Moscow, while The Times almost simultaneously reported that the poisonous substance was produced at the military research base in the city of Shihany, Saratov region.
At the end of March, employees of the British Foreign Office wrote on Twitter that experts from the Porton Dawn laboratory had accurately established the Russian origin of the poison. This was confirmed by Boris Johnson, who was at that time the head of the British Foreign Office. Later, specialists from Porton Down said they could not determine the source of the poison. After that, the tweet of the British Foreign Office disappeared.