Is this the Salisbury poisonings hitman? Former KGB captain codenamed 'Gordon' is Russian assassin suspect
The Sunday People can disclose that officers suspect he is a 54-year-old former FSB spy thought to use the cover name Mihails Savickis as well as two other aliases
Counter terror police have identified a Russian assassin believed to be connected to the Salisbury poisonings.
In a sensational new development the Sunday People can disclose that officers suspect he is a 54-year-old former FSB spy – codename Gordon.
The man is thought to use the cover name Mihails Savickis as well as two other aliases.
But police fear he has already flown back to Russia and they may never get the chance to question him.
Detectives believe there was a team of six behind the novichok chemical attack on double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33.
Our revelation follows reports that Britain’s intelligence services have compiled a list of key suspects involved in last month’s attack in the Wiltshire city.
Gordon’s cover name emerged during nearly five hours of questioning by police in London this week of KGB defector Boris Karpichkov, 59.
Boris told the Sunday People how he and Gordon’s paths crossed in the early 1990s.
The two men knew each other when Karpichkov was a major in the FSB, the KGB’s successor, in Latvia.
Gordon was a subordinate of Boris’s.
“He was a very intelligent, educated, ambitious and ruthless person,” Boris said today.
“He was handsome and personable and was quickly able to win a stranger’s trust.”
Boris said Gordon was trained in martial arts and specialised in ju jitsu. He went to university where he gained a law degree.