スクリパル事件容疑者として英国から名指しされたロシア人2名のインタビュー 大変面白い: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年09月13日

スクリパル事件容疑者として英国から名指しされたロシア人2名のインタビュー 大変面白い

RTがスクリパル事件の容疑者として英国から名指しされたロシア人2名にインタビュー

‘We’re not agents’: UK’s suspects in Skripal case talk exclusively with RT’s editor-in-chief

ガトウィック空港の時分秒が同じ写真というのはこれです。


Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT’s editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals’ poisoning and are now scared to go outside, after the UK pointed to them as Russian intelligence agents on a kill mission.

The two men reached out to RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, as they wanted to tell their story. The first thing she asked them was to confirm their names, and they said that they were indeed Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and that those were their real names.

She then asked them whether they worked for the GRU – Russian intelligence. They immediately denied it.

“You honestly look very tense,” Simonyan noted.

“And how would you look after all of that?” Petrov responded, before Boshirov said the British investigation “ruined their lives.”

“Well, we came there [to the UK] on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable. We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow,” Petrov said.

“Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere. The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”

“We spent no more than an hour in Salisbury, mainly because of the lags between trains,” Boshirov said.“Maybe we did [approach] Skripal’s house, but we don’t know where is it located.”

“On March 4 we returned [to Salisbury] because everything had melted away in London, there was warm and sunny weather. We specifically went there [again] to see the Old Sarum and the cathedral and decided to finish this thing on March 4," said Petrov.

Simonyan clarified: “What thing?”

“To see the cathedral,” Petrov replied.

When Margarita Simonyan asked the two men whether they had Novichok or any poison with them, they emphatically said no. Then she asked whether they had the Nina Ricci perfume bottle that has been shown as evidence.

“Isn't it silly for decent lads to have women’s perfume? The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women’s perfume in their luggage. We didn’t have it,” Boshirov said.

Both Petrov and Boshirov sounded distressed as they spoke about how their lives had changed since they were named in the UK as Russian intelligence agents, who attempted to poison the Skripals.

“When your life turned upside down, you don’t know what to do and where to go. We’re afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones,” Boshirov said.

Asked whether they had recently been to any European state, the two said they were.

“Sure… in Switzerland we were for a couple of times… we spent New year in Switzerland.” The journey was part of their vacation, however the two have also been in Europe to do business that is related to sports nutrition.

“We examine the market, look if there is something new – some biologically active additives, amino acids, vitamins, microelements. We pick up the most necessary, come here and decide how to deliver the new products from this market here.”

After asked if they were people on the screenshots released by the UK, the men said they indeed were.

“Yes. We have these clothes, this jacket is hanging in my wardrobe. The shoes are bought in England…This is the clothes were are currently wearing.”

“Are these clothes currently in Russia?” Simonyan asked.

“Yes, of course, we can show it.”

The RT editor-in-chief also touched upon the most puzzling picture of the two, the photo from the Gatwick airport.

“Here is the picture that puzzled the whole world, Gatwick airport, you are leaving through a gate literally in the same times, almost the same second. How did it happen?” she asked.

“We always go together through the same corridor and the same custom service officer or a policeman. One goes, the other waits. We went through the corridor together, we always [do it] together. How did it happen? It’s better to ask them [UK police],” Boshirov replied.

RT2018/9/13
Skripal poisoning suspects get really awkward talking about why they spent all their time together
Arguably the most awkward moments in the interview, which the two men named by Britain as suspects in the Skripal affair gave to RT’s editor-in-chief, came when their straightness came into question.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are suspected by the UK of being Russian military intelligence agents, who were sent to Britain to assassinate former double agent Sergei Skripal. They came to RT to deny the claim. But apparently being perceived as a gay couple seemed to them at least as dreadful as being suspected of having used a chemical weapon, killing one person.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are suspected by the UK of being Russian military intelligence agents, who were sent to Britain to assassinate former double agent Sergei Skripal. They came to RT to deny the claim. But apparently being perceived as a gay couple seemed to them at least as dreadful as being suspected of having used a chemical weapon, killing one person.

When asked by RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan about whether they had a Nina Ricci perfume bottle when they arrived in London, Boshirov objected the very idea that he or his friend would carry one.

“Don't you think that it's kind of stupid for two straight men to carry perfume for ladies?” he said, adding that such a possession would have been found by the British customs officers, who would see it as “suspicious”.

“Even an ordinary person would have questions. Why would a man need perfume for women?” agreed Petrov.

Simonyan jumped on the awkward vibe and pressed forward: “Speaking of straight men, all footage features you two together … What do you have in common that you spend so much time together?”

The only thing Boshirov came up with in response was “let's not breach anyone's privacy” and complained that instead of protection the two were expecting from RT they get an “interrogation”.

The nature of the relationship between Boshirov and Petrov came up again, when the former launched a tirade about how normal it is for two straight men to stay in the same hotel room.

“The British say many things. They say we lived in a number with a single bed,” he said. “It’s a normal thing for tourists to stay together in the same hotel apartment with two rooms. It saves money living like that. It’s more comfortable and more fun. This is a normal thing for any normal man.”

The outburst was finally cut short by Simonyan, who said whether the two shared a bed in the London hotel was “the last thing the world cares about now.”

RT2018/9/13
Framed tourists? Suspects in Skripal poisoning say they were sightseeing in Salisbury

The two Russian men accused of poisoning the Skripals told RT’s editor-in-chief in an exclusive interview that they went to Salisbury to do some sightseeing after a friend urged them to visit the “wonderful” city.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan that they were in Salisbury as tourists, but cut their visit short due to “muddy slush everywhere.”

“We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we laste for only half an hour because it was covered in snow,” Petrov said.

"We went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere. The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”

Petrov said the pair had returned the next day to see Old Sarum and the cathedral because they hoped the warmer weather conditions had melted all the snow.

Skripal, a former Russian double agent, was poisoned along with his daughter in central Salisbury in March. The UK government has blamed Russia for the incident, with Prime Minister Theresa May claiming that Petrov and Boshirov are members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service.
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