A professor from the Centre for Security and Intelligence Services has said trade has "died" in Salisbury since the Novichok poisonings, calling for the smile to be "wiped off Russia's face".
Professor Anthony Glees told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the video of the two Novichok suspects being interviewed on Russia Today, in which they appeared to smirk, was "totally unacceptable".
Appearing on the breakfast show, he said: "The smirking, that is totally unacceptable, the smirking on the face of these two people... and most of all the smirking on the face of President Putin. His smile, his cheshire cat grin. I think that many people in Britian think that smile now needs to be wiped off his face."
Yesterday, an online investigations group published what it says is the real identity of one of the prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack, claiming Ruslan Boshirov was actually called Anatoliy Chepiga, a highly decorated officer in the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service.
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"The fact that this hit squad, led by a senior colonel of Russian military intelligence should feel that they can come to Salisbury, put the lives of five to 10,000 people at risk, cause life changing injuries to four people and lead directly to the killing of poor Dawn Sturgess, that is unacceptable."
Professor Glees said people in the city were "still suffering".
"People in Salisbury are still suffering. Industry, trade has died in that beautiful city, people aren't coming on the tours any longer.
"This city has been hit. It has been hit by Russia, it has been hit y Russian military intellgence and the snmile has got to be wiped of Russia's face."