Novichok poisoning victim's son writes letter to Vladimir Putin pleading for killers to face justice
3rd March 2019

The distraught 20 year-old is today appealing to the Russian leader to hand over the two suspected hitmen who were responsible for the death of his mum Dawn Sturgess.

Dawn died aged 44 after she and her boyfriend Charlie Rowley were exposed to the same Novichok nerve agent used a year ago today in a bid to assassinate Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

They both fell on June 30 ill having found the perfume bottle used to hold the nerve agent and sprayed in on themselves.

Now in a letter to Putin shown to the Sunday Mirror, Ewan says: “The pain never goes away for me and my family.

“British police believe at least two Russian citizens were responsible for her death but it appears they are being protected by your state.

“I am appealing to you as a human being to allow our officers to question these men about my mother’s murder.

“The least she deserves is justice.”

Ewan also claims that Government offered no help or support following the attack and that his family even had to apply to charity to pay for Dawn’s funeral.

I am appealing to you as a human being to allow our officers to question these men about my mother’s murder

Scotland Yard said they believed a two-man hit squad, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, was behind the Salisbury attack in which the door handle of Skripal’s home was smeared with the powerful nerve agent which was kept in a perfume bottle.

The pair are thought to have left the UK the morning after to be back in Russia under the protection of Putin who denies Russian involvement.

But the UK’s CPS said there was enough evidence to charge them with conspiracy to murder.


The suspects were caught on CCTV in Salisbury at 11.58am on Sunday March 4, “moments before the attack”, police said.

It is understood Petrov and Boshirov stayed in the City Stay Hotel in Bow, East London, during their time in the UK.

Cops searching Petrov and Boshirov's room on May 4 — almost two months after the attack in Salisbury  — are said to have discovered minute traces of Novichok.

Police said the nerve agent was brought into Britain in a Ninna Ricci "Premier Jour" perfume bottle with a specially made poison applicator.

Boshirov's real name is reportedly Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, a 39-year-old soldier who served in both Chechnya and Ukraine.

A former Russian officer told Bellingcat that Chepiga's high rank suggested the Novichok hit was ordered "at the highest level".

Petrov was later revealed to be Dr Alexander Mishkin, a doctor in Russia's military intelligence agency.

He travelled to Salisbury under the alias Alexander Petrov.

Mishkin was recruited into the GRU while undergoing his medical training.

According to Bellingcat, Denis Vyacheslavovich Sergeev  — a graduate of Russia’s Military Diplomatic Academy — was also in Britain when Skripal was poisoned and had been booked on the same flight to Moscow as the two other suspected assassins.


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