Agents tar­geted novi­chok lab

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TWO Rus­sian agents were ar­rested for try­ing to spy on a Swiss chem­i­cal weapons lab where the novi­chok used in the March attack was sent for test­ing.

The pair, be­lieved to work for the GRU, were de­tained in Hol­land in the spring and later ex­pelled back to Rus­sia, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the Nether­lands.

It is be­lieved they were tar­get­ing the Spiez Lab­o­ra­tory in Bern, Switzer­land, where sam­ples from the attack on the Skri­pals, and the con­tam­i­na­tion of Dawn Sturgess and Char­lie Row­ley, were sent for test­ing by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons.

The ar­rests, kept se­cret at the time, fol­lowed a joint op­er­a­tion be­tween var­i­ous in­tel­li­gence ser­vices in Europe.

The pair al­legedly had equip­ment to ac­cess the lab’s com­puter net­work.

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