£1 mln at stake: Novichok poison victim set to sue Russia

Charlie Rowley, who is seeking to win a ‘six-figure payout’ against the Russian state, has hired lawyer Patrick Maguire, Daily Mirror reports.

“Charlie continues to suffer serious side effects from the toxin he ingested, but says his greatest concern is uncovering the truth about what really happenedthe media outlet quotes Mr Maguire.

In June 2018, two people collapsed in a house in Amesbury, not far from the town of Salisbury. After being in a coma for two weeks, Rowley recovered, but his partner Dawn Sturgess died in a hospital.

According to the top injury lawyer, Mr Rowley whom he calls ‘innocent victim’ just wants justice.

A year ago, the independent report produced by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the assessment of the United Kingdom in identifying the chemical agent responsible for the death of Dawn Sturgess. This was a Novichok nerve agent, of the same kind used in the attempted assassinations of Sergei and Yulia Skripal earlier this year. On the same day, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged the EU to impose new sanctions on Russia.

On 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious at a shopping mall in the English town of Salisbury. The two were taken to hospital in critical condition. The were reportedly poisoned following exposure to an unknown substance. A bit later, British Prime Minister Theresa May said they had been poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

The incident caused a number of rows and triggered a diplomatic war between the West and the Kremlin.

In September 2018, he Insider and OSINT group Bellingcat published the results of its journalistic investigation regarding Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov whom the British authorities suspect of poisoning the former Russian agent and his daughter. According to the journalists, the real name of Ruslan Boshirovis Anatoly Chepiga, a GRU Colonel and Hero of Russia, while ‘Alexander Petrov’ is GRU officer Alexander Mishkin in real life.

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