A company plans to gift the two Russian ‘assassins’ accused of carrying out the Salisbury Novichok poisoning with their own trademark, it has emerged.
The firm says it will give the suspects – using the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – the right to use their own brand name, reports claim.
The move would see them able to "start a company" and sell chemicals and perfume under the trademark ‘Petrov and Boshiroff’, according to Golden Brand.
The trademark uses a tsarist-style spelling of the second suspect’s name.
A spokesperson for the firm told The Moscow Times: “After the name gets registered, we will gift it to Boshirov and Petrov, and they can start a company.”
The reports come just months after the military-grade nerve agent attack.
Petrov and Boshirov are accused in the UK of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal , 67, and his daughter Yulia, 34, in the Wiltshire city on Kremlin orders.
Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service have said there is sufficient evidence to charge them with offences including conspiracy to murder.
The pair are said to have arrived in London via plane, carrying a specially-made bottle disguised as a vial of Nina Ricci’s Premier Jour perfume.
The bottle is believed to have been loaded with the nerve agent Novichok .
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Mr Skripal and Yulia were discovered slumped on a bench in Salisbury on March 4, a couple of days after Petrol and Boshirov arrived in Britain.
They were rushed to hospital, fighting for their lives.
It later emerged they were poisoned with the nerve agent.
Police officer DS Nick Bailey, who was involved in searching the Skripals’ home after the attack, was also exposed to the same substance.
He was left seriously ill in hospital, but all three victims fortunately survived.
Police confirmed earlier this month that the attack on the Skripals had been linked to events in Amesbury less than four months later.
In the second incident, Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 48, were exposed to the same nerve agent used in Salisbury.
Ms Sturgess died in hospital in July, just over a week after the pair fell ill.
Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said: "We do not believe Dawn and Charlie were deliberately targeted, but became victims as a result of the recklessness in which such a toxic nerve agent was disposed of.
"We know that Novichok was applied to the Skripals’ front door in an area that is accessible to the public, which also endangered the lives of members of the public and emergency service responders."
Police released an image of a perfume bottle recovered from Mr Rowley’s home, featuring the words ‘Nina Ricci’.
Mr Basu said: "We have spoken to Nina Ricci and undertaken further inquiries.
"Nina Ricci and our inquiries have confirmed that it is not a genuine Nina Ricci perfume bottle, box or nozzle.
"It is in fact a counterfeit box, bottle and nozzle that have been especially adapted. I’d like to reassure anyone who has bought Nina Ricci perfume from a legitimate source that they should not be concerned. It is safe."
Despite the events, company Golden Brand has applied for the trademark ‘Petrov and Boshiroff’ and vowed to gift marketing rights to the pair.
The men will reportedly be able “to produce chemicals for industrial and scientific purposes, as well as to launch a line of perfumes, clothes and women’s accessories”.
The could also “provide services of travel and security agencies, and also open gyms and bars”.
Petrov and Boshirov claimed on Kremlin TV channel RT to run a sports nutrition business – although no trace of it has been found.
The suspects said they were on a quick trip to see Salisbury as tourists.
Their visit to Britain was for fun, they claimed.
While Britain has blamed Russia for the Skripal poisonings, the country has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.
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