A double explosion in an ammunition depot in the east of the Czech Republic, barbouzes from Moscow and a curious Bulgarian arms dealer: all the ingredients for a spy novel seem to come together following the accusations in Prague that have caused a serious diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Since last weekend, Czech justice has been looking for two men, Alexandre Tchépiga and Anatoli Michkine – with several passports with different identities – for this act which caused the death of two people in October 2014 in Vrbětice.
These are the same men the UK is looking for for the Novichok poisoning attempt by former Russian agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in 2018. The Bellingcat investigation site claims that at least six officers from the Special unit 29155 of the GRU, the intelligence services of the Russian army, took part in this operation on Czech soil, including General Andrei Averianov, one of the service’s most senior officers. A sign of the importance that the Kremlin would give to this matter.