Russia's secret service is in crisis after the botched assassination attempt of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The Gru, Russia's military intelligence service, have been accused of 'crossing the line' by rival agencies over the way they attempted to kill the Skripals.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bohirov, the two secret service agents accused of carrying out the attack, were 'wheeled out' onto Russian state TV as a punishment for leaving a messy trail of evidence behind them in the lead to the Salisbury attacks.
The pair a are 'being thrown under the bus' because 'they've messed up' Whitehall officials told the Sunday Telegraph.
Several CCTV cameras caught the duo walking around the Wiltshire city, using public transport and discarding of a bottle containing Novichok, leading to the death of mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, 44.
The two agents told Russia Today a far-fetched account claiming they were just tourist and they travelled to Salisbury to see the 'beautiful cathedral and its ancient clock'.
Earlier this month, Theresa May branded Russian's GRU military intelligence agency a 'threat to all our allies and all our citizens'.
The Prime Minister said a 'body of evidence' amassed by the UK authorities had identified the pair as officers of Moscow's version of MI6 - and also indicated the nerve agent outrage was ordered from the highest levels of the Russian state.
She said that the UK would issue an Interpol red notice for the arrest of the two men.
'Should either of these individuals ever again travel outside Russia we will make every possible step to detain them, extradite them and bring them to face justice here in the United Kingdom,' the premier said.
The pair were pictured leaving Britain at Heathrow Airport shortly after the attack and have never returned.
Prosecutors will not be applying to Russia for the extradition of the two men, as no agreement exists between the countries, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained in case the pair are spotted outside of Russia.
On the news of their identification, Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley declared 'I want to see them brought to justice.'
The 48-year-old was exposed to the same nerve agent used in Salisbury to attack ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.
Mr Rowley and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill in Amesbury months after the Skripal incident- Ms Sturgess died in hospital in July.
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