EX-KGB agent claims Rus­sians Putin or­dered novi­chok doc to kill Bri­tish spy who wrote Trump’s ‘sex shame’ dossier

FRESH SANC­TIONS FOR MOSCOW

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Nigel Nel­son PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

VLADIMIR Putin or­dered novi­chok as­sas­sin Alexan­der Mishkin to mur­der the Bri­tish spy who wrote the sen­sa­tional Trump sex dossier, claims a for­mer top Rus­sian spy.

Mishkin, 39, used the alias Alexan­der Petrov for the failed hit on the dou­ble agent Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter Yu­lia in Sal­is­bury in March.

Ac­com­plice Rus­lan Boshi­rov was un­masked as GRU colonel Ana­tolly Chep­iga and Mishkin’s true iden­tity as a doc­tor in Rus­sia’s GRU mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence emerged last week.

He now faces al­le­ga­tions of plot­ting to use the same nerve agent on for­mer MI6 of­fi­cer Christo­pher Steele dur­ing a visit to Bri­tain 12 months ear­lier.

KGB de­fec­tor Boris Karphichkov, 59, claims Mishkin was part of a GRU spe­cial ops group that slipped into the coun­try in late Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion a GRU source gave him on a re­cent trip to Europe, they were here to kill Steele, 54, on the di­rect or­ders of Putin.

Stran­gled

Karpichkov said: “I was told Steele was to be liq­ui­dated us­ing the same stuff as the Skri­pals. The as­sas­sins ini­tially con­ducted sur­veil­lance both on Steele’s house in Farn­ham, Sur­rey, and at his Lon­don of­fice.

“The op­er­a­tion was aborted when they re­alised the house was guarded with a lot of CCTV. As they also quickly es­tab­lished he was not ap­pear­ing at his of­fice, they con­cluded it was too risky to carry out the op­er­a­tion.”

The bid came af­ter Steele was outed as the au­thor of a 35-page dossier al­leg­ing Don­ald Trump romped with pros­ti­tutes dur­ing a 2013 trip to Moscow. The file also claimed Trump had co-op­er­ated with Rus­sia for years and warned com­pro­mis­ing ma­te­rial on him could lead to black­mail.

The US Pres­i­dent has de­nied the claims in the “phony and cor­rupt dossier” and called Steele a “lowlife”.

And Pres­i­dent Putin wanted Steele dead for sour­ing his re­la­tions with Trump and jeop­ar­dis­ing dodgy busi­ness deals with peo­ple close to him.

Karpichkov said his source did not give him Mishkin’s real iden­tity.

But the for­mer ma­jor in the KGB and its FSB suc­ces­sor added: “He con­tin­u­ally re­ferred to him as ‘es­cu­lap’ – which is Rus­sian for ‘clin­i­cian’. He said he was in­volved in some nerve agent re­search in­volv­ing macaque mon­keys.” This took place at the GRU’S se­cret labs in Kirov, known of­fi­cially as the 48th Cen­tral Re­search In­sti­tute of the Min­istry of De­fence. Steele and Karpichkov were both tar­gets on an eight-name Rus­sian hit list re­vealed by the Sun­day Peo­ple ear­lier this year – which also in­cluded Skri­pal, 66. Karpichkov’s source said the Skri­pal strike was orig­i­nally to be car­ried out by the FSB but the GRU stepped in af­ter win­ning a power strug­gle.he added: “The FSB have more field knowl­edge and ex­per­tise to carry out such sen­si­tive mis­sions. But the GRU con- vinced Putin its op­er­a­tives should carry out the ex­ter­mi­na­tion of one of their own traitors.

“That shows Putin was def­i­nitely aware of the op­er­a­tion.”

The FSB trans­ferred its hit squad to a sec­ond Rus­sian ex­ile liv­ing in Bri­tain, for­mer Aeroflot deputy di­rec­tor RUS­SIA will be hit with more EU sanc­tions to­mor­row in re­tal­i­a­tion for the Sal­is­bury at­tack.

The For­eign Af­fairs Coun­cil in Lux­em­burg will for­mally adopt a call by the UK and France.

It means Rus­sians thought to be in­volved in mak­ing chem­i­cal weapons will be banned from trav­el­ling in Niko­lai Glushkov, 68. He was found stran­gled in his home in New Malden, Sur­rey, a week af­ter the Sal­is­bury at­tack. Glushkov had ac­cused the Krem­lin of mur­der­ing his friend, the Putin critic Boris Bere­zovsky.

He claimed po­lit­i­cal asy­lum here af­ter Rus­sia ac­cused him and Bere­zovsky, Europe. Rus­sia’s cy­ber war­fare ca­pa­bil­ity will also be tar­geted. For­eign Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt said: “The in­ter­na­tional taboo on the use of chem­i­cal weapons is at risk now. We need to re­draw the red line that says the price will al­ways be too high for any­one us­ing these hor­rific weapons.” who died in 2013, of a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy in­volv­ing Aeroflot. But Karpichkov says Glushkov was re­ally prob­ing how Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence use Aeroflot as cover for over­seas op­er­a­tions.

The GRU has been led by Colonel­gen­eral Igor Korobov, 62, since Fe­bru­ary 2016. But af­ter its fail­ure to kill Skri­pal in Sal­is­bury and bun­gled op­er­a­tions else­where, he faces the sack.

Putin is so fu­ri­ous with the GRU bungling he has or­dered all fu­ture op­er­a­tions to be su­per­vised by the FSB.

Karpichkov said: “The most likely re­place­ment (for Korobov) is Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Sergei Gizunov. He’s Putin’s most trusted man in Rus­sian mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence.”

Gizunov was banned from the US

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