Putin issues terrifying new ‘kill list’ that includes six targets living in UK

Russia's menacing leader Vladimir Putin has issued a chilling new “kill” list including six targets living in Britain.

The president has told his enemies that “long arms” will reach them as they have nowhere to hide, according to a Russian intelligence officer.

The same source warned that Salisbury novichok victim Sergei Skripal was earmarked for assassination, before the city went into shutdown in 2018.

DailyMirror reports that we are now on the brink of a deadly post-pandemic campaign from Putin as he embarks on removing rivals.

In a letter to one target, the spy says: “They are out to shut you up completely. Take the precaution of quickly changing your place of residence, even if only temporarily.”

The spook, who uses complex technology to avoid detection, is in the FSB – Russia’s equivalent of MI5.

The warning came after Russia was identified by PM Boris Johnson in last week’s defence review as the UK’s “most acute threat”.

One source said Putin is acting again now to shut down support for opposition leader Alexei Navalny, 44, who was last month sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a penal colony.

Trumped-up charges came after a failed murder bid.

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A hit squad of FSB chemical warfare specialists sprinkled nerve agent on his underpants to kill him while he was on a plane.

Only swift action by the pilot in making an emergency landing saved Navalny’s life.

The Kremlin denies any involvement and the dissident returned to Russia after medical treatment in Germany.

Quoting two other targets, the FSB spy source said: “As for Chichvarkin and Ashurkov there is a plan to poison them with a substance similar to that used with the Skripals.”

The spy added that the SVR – Russia’s overseas intelligence service, known as “the Forest” – is tasked with eliminating Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

The source said: “A Forest plan exists to try to abduct him by injecting a special substance to knock him out.”

And the message says the orders came directly from President Putin with the words: “We have long arms. No scum can hide from us.”

“Due to Covid almost all overseas operations were frozen. Now they are starting to activate them again," the source added.

The FSB spy who is attempting to protect lives here puts messages on USB-drives and uses burner phones to alert contacts in Britain that the messages are waiting.

They are then automatically transmitted by unregistered email so no live communications can be monitored.

The spook warns of “wet ops” by the Kontora – spy slang for the FSB – being planned over the next two months. And the source adds: “As for sanctions by the West, the Kontora frankly does not care.”

At least two of the targets have informed police of the new hitlist.

A hit squad of FSB chemical warfare specialists sprinkled nerve agent on his underpants to kill him while he was on a plane.

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Only swift action by the pilot in making an emergency landing saved Navalny’s life.

The Kremlin denies any involvement and the dissident returned to Russia after medical treatment in Germany.

Quoting two other targets, the FSB spy source said: “As for Chichvarkin and Ashurkov there is a plan to poison them with a substance similar to that used with the Skripals.”

The spy added that the SVR – Russia’s overseas intelligence service, known as “the Forest” – is tasked with eliminating Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Russia’s threat was highlighted in the 114-page integrated review of Britain’s foreign and defence policy.

Earlier this month an MI5 counter-intelligence officer named only as Tom used a Sky News podcast to broadcast a warning that the Kremlin is still taking “quite an active interest” in a number of people here.

He said: “We can’t prevent an incredibly well-resourced and ruthless adversary from getting something like novichok in.”

And he added that Moscow is now keen to restart intelligence operations from its London embassy after the UK expelled 23 spies in the wake of the 2018 Salisbury attack on ex-double agent Skripal, 69, and daughter Yulia, 37.

They survived but innocent Dawn Sturgess, 44, died when she came into contact with dumped poison.

Vladimir Ashurkov


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Vladimir Ashurkov, 49, was forced to step down as an investment banker in Russia because of links to Navalny. He is now director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and was granted asylum by Britain in 2015.

He told the Mirror: “I have no doubt Russian security services are capable of executions anywhere in the world. There are at least 10 unexplained deaths in the UK.

"I feel safer on the streets of London than in Moscow, but nothing can ensure total safety. Several of our people are under house arrest in Russia. I just hope UK authorities are working to prevent any more assassinations here.”

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky, 57, is a Siberian oil field billionaire now living in exile in London. He was charged with fraud in 2003 and Putin froze shares in his companies – though Khodorkovsky has rebuilt much of his fortune.

Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience and he was released from jail in 2014 after serving eight years.

He came to Britain the following year and relaunched Open Russia, dedicated to free and fair elections.

He said: “If Putin wants to kill me no bodyguards will help. I am a well-known opponent of Putin.”

Evgeny Chichvarkin

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Evgeny Chichvarkin, 46, became Russia’s richest man aged under 35 – worth £1.1billion. He made his fortune after founding the country’s largest mobile phone retailer, Yevroset. Chichvarkin reportedly picked up Alexei Navalny’s medical bills when he was treated in Germany following the poison murder bid.

He now runs Hedonism Wines in central London and the upmarket Mayfair private dining rooms Hide – where the most expensive wine costs a staggering £26,000 a bottle. Chichvarkin did not respond to requests for comment.

Boris Karpichkov

Boris Karpichkov, 62 is a former major in the FSB and its predecessor the KGB. He defected to Britain in 1998 bringing two suitcases of secrets with him. Karpichov survived two attempts to poison him when he was making a visit to New Zealand.

He said: “We are keen to get our names out there. It might prompt the police to give us more protection. “And it makes it more difficult for Putin to deny responsibility if one of us is killed. Going public is the only way to stay alive.”

Bill Browder

Bill Browder, 56 is a long-standing Putin critic and no stranger to death threats. Like Steele, he was allegedly marked down for execution with Sergei Skripal in 2018.

The financier works with the Hermitage Fund, at one time the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia. He was deported in 2005 and declared a threat to Russian security.

He told the Mirror: “This needs to be taken very seriously. Putin tried to kill Navalny with novichok and anyone on Putin’s hitlist, including me, must take precautions. Putin is not constrained by any moral or geographical boundaries.”

Christopher Steele

Christopher Steele, 56, is a former MI6 officer who is now running the private intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

He angered President Putin by making unsubstantiated claims of Russian spies holding compromising videos of ex-US President Donald Trump cavorting with prostitutes.

Orbis boss Arthur Snell said: “OBI takes seriously the security of its staff.”

And he added: “While we are not political activists, we admire Alexei Navalny for his courage in the face of outrageous persecution.”

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