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Novichok Suspects: Gay Or Not Gay? That Is Russian State Media’s Question

09/14/2018 | Radio Free Europe

“Living together is merrier and easier, it’s normal,” explained Ruslan Boshirov as he appeared to defend himself against the suggestion that he and fellow Novichok-poisoning suspect Aleksandr Petrov had slept in the same bed during their March trip to England. RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, who conducted the bizarre September 12 interview, broke into a suggestive smile. “What, so to speak, unites you then?” she asked the two, who had been thrust into the spotlight in the wake of London’s accusations that they were agents of Russia’s military intelligence, the GRU, who carried out the poisonings of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British territory. Russian state-controlled media wasted no time peddling rumors about the men’s sexuality — an apparent effort to counter the idea they could be GRU officers.

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