Law enforcement agencies of Bulgaria and the UK to jointly investigate the attempted poisoning Emilian Hebrew.
Law enforcement agencies of Bulgaria and the UK to jointly investigate the attempted poisoning of weapons, the Bulgarian businessman, owner of the company Emco hosted Hebrew. For involvement in the poisoning test the Russians, who three times came to Bulgaria under the name "Sergey V. Fedotov," and also traveled to Europe with "Alexander Petrov" and "Ruslan by Bocharovym". Latest UK authorities officially suspected of attempted poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury in March 2018, according to the BBC.
A joint Bulgarian-British investigation lasts for several months. 11 February Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, the British Ambassador in Sofia, Emma Hopkins, and the heads of the interior Ministry and Prosecutor's office of Bulgaria. About its results to journalists said the chief Prosecutor of Bulgaria, Sotir tsatsarov, said the local edition of "Diary".
According to released information, "Fedotov" visited Bulgaria at least three times in 2015.
February 5 - arrived by plane. Left the country on February 22 via Sofia airport.
The second time the "Fedotov" arrived in Burgas on 24 April 2015. According to Bellingcat, on the return flight, "Fedotov" did not come, instead he showed up the evening of April 28 at the Istanbul airport "Ataturk" and at the last moment bought a ticket on a flight to Moscow.
The third time, "Fedotov" came to Bulgaria via Sofia airport may 23, 2015. On may 29, he crossed the border with Serbia in the car, along with another citizen.
"We set up all the scenes stay "Fedotova" on Bulgarian territory, find out in which hotel he stayed in, what cars were rented, with whom he met," said the Prosecutor of Nazarov.
Emilian Hebrew felt ill on 28 April 2015 after dinner, with partners from Poland in the restaurant of the hotel "Kempinski-Zografski". Around the same time felt bad son Hebrew and one of the top managers of his company. All three were hospitalized with symptoms of severe poisoning, but the crime was never solved.
After a history of poisoning Skripal, Hebrew wrote appeals to the Bulgarian law enforcement bodies with the request to reopen the investigation, told the chief Prosecutor of Bulgaria Lazarov, reports local Agency "Focus". In mid-October 2018 the investigation was reopened, he added.
In 2015, in order Hebrew laboratory of the University of Helsinki, specializing in chemical weapons, were able to establish traces of two organophosphates, who testified that the businessman tried to kill nerve substance belonging to the class "Beginner", wrote in late January, the Bulgarian newspaper "Capital". The substance of the same class found on the door handle in the house Sergei Skripal in Salisbury after the poisoning.
The investigation of poisoning are also engaged in the publication of Bellingcat and The Insider. They think that the names "Smith", "Bashirov" and "frontier" were covered by the members of the Russian military intelligence. In their version, Petrov has called himself a military doctor Alexander Mishkin, and by Bocharovym - GRU Colonel Anatoly Chapiha. Real name "Fedotova" is still unknown.
According to the St. Petersburg online newspaper "Fontanka", in January-February 2014 "Fedotov" traveled to the Czech Republic along with the "Petrov" and "Bocharovym". The last two then used the passports 64-series.
In addition, according to "Fontanka", Fedotov a minimum of thrice visited London in March 2016, March 2017 and March 2018. Last time he arrived in the UK on March 2, as "Petrov" and "Bocharov", but on another flight. As reported by Bellingcat, he had to fly back the afternoon of March 4, 2018, the day when Skrypali was hospitalized in critical condition in Salisbury. However, as in the case of Bulgaria, for the return flight, he sat down, canceling the registration for a few minutes before departure. Instead, he flew back to Moscow only a few days of another European capital.
On the question of Bellingcat and The Insider on why it could be of interest for GRU, Hebrew said he sees only two possible motives: first, his company made deliveries of weapons to Ukraine, and secondly, Russia, in his opinion, could claim to be a weapons factory under the control of his company.
Russian authorities deny all accusations and suspicions. Press Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that Russia does not know anything about possible charges against Fedotov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin previously called "Petrov" and "Bashirova" individuals, not related to intelligence. After his statement both visited the state television RT, and said that he went to Salisbury as a tourist.