Salisbury Novichok victim vows to sue Russia for £1million over girlfriend’s death.

NOVICHOK poison victim Charlie Rowley has revealed he plans to sue Russia for £1m over his nightmare ordeal.

The 45-year-old - who lost his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess in the bizarre incident - has already hired a top lawyer to fight his case.

 Charlie Rowley could be in line for a seven figure sum

Charlie Rowley could be in line for a seven figure sumCredit: AFP

He told the Sunday Mirror: "This has affected my life in a huge way. I want justice."

His lawyer Patrick Maguire added: "Dawn and Charlie were both ­innocent victims caught in the crossfire of the Salisbury poisonings which rocked the whole community.

“Charlie continues to suffer serious side effects from the toxin he ingested, but says his greatest concern is uncovering the truth about what really happened."

Charlie was left in a coma for two weeks after being exposed to the Russian nerve agent in Salisbury in June 2018.

He had been exposed to a contaminated perfume bottle, which was dumped by Kremlin spies in a botched assassination attempt on ex-spook Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

 Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to nerve agent novichok

Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to nerve agent novichokCredit: Press Association Images

 A perfume bottle and applicator recovered by police after the incident

A perfume bottle and applicator recovered by police after the incidentCredit: AP:Associated Press

His girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, sadly died after ingesting the deadly poison from a Nina Ricci perfume bottle Charlie gave her as a gift.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia, 34. survived the assassination attempt in March last year.

Four months later Charlie was infected with the military-grade deadly nerve agent along with his partner Dawn, who died after falling into a coma.



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The pair had picked up a perfume bottle containing the deadly substance discarded by the would-be assassins, since unmasked as Putin-backed GRU agents.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey was rushed to hospital after falling seriously ill investigating the poisoning but has now returned to duty.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, real names Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga and Dr Alexander Mishkin, were later unmasked as the would-be assassins.

 A military officer in a haz-mat suit at the site of the incident in Salisbury

A military officer in a haz-mat suit at the site of the incident in SalisburyCredit: London News Pictures

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