KGB defector Boris Karpichkov fears the National Crime Agency put him at greater risk and claims to have had seven death threats since his details were revealed
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A Russian defector facing death threats fears the National Crime Agency put him at greater risk by revealing his UK alias and address.
Former KGB and FSB spy Boris Karpichkov, 62, appeared on the same Vladimir Putin hitlist as Sergei Skripal, poisoned by Novichok in Salisbury.
And he claims to have had seven death threats since the NCA handed over details to his native Latvia.
The latest threat, received by post on January 2, said: “Traitors like you have no place on Earth. Death is on the way. You are already a half-corpse.”
Karpichkov – who spied on Latvia for the Russians and vice-versa – says the message was in a bubble wrap envelope. He became ill with flu-like symptoms shortly after opening it.
An earlier letter was signed with a cover name Karpichkov used between 1991-95 and gave the sender’s address as a local cemetery. Only Russian spymasters would have access to that ID – Vadim Petrovich Kravchenko.
Karpichkov said: “Threats have been growing ever since the NCA gave my identity and address to Latvian authorities. It is as if they are literally playing Russian roulette with my life.
“There is no question those details ended in the hands of Russian security services who want me dead. Making the world aware Russian services are trying to kill me means they will pay a high political cost if they do. But I am in constant fear, thinking every day will be my last.
“It is like being on Death Row waiting to be executed.”
Karpichkov defected to Britain with his wife and two children in 1998 and was eventually granted citizenship.
He has had to move home eight times and lost 5st after a poison bid in 2006 while in New Zealand – the week Alexander Litvinenko was murdered in London.
In 2018 a Russian intelligence contact told Karpichkov he was marked for execution along with six others.
The same year, Latvia demanded his extradition on firearms, fraud and falsifying documents charges.
Westminster magistrates denied it in 2020. Judge Vanessa Baraitser said: “There is evidence to support claims he has dangerous enemies in Russia who would wish for his silence.”
Latvia asked the NCA for Karpichkov’s name and address. The NCA’s Sirene fugitives department gave a name but asked why Latvia wanted the address. But in 2019 they gave that too.
An NCA spokesman said: “The NCA shares intelligence with trusted law enforcement agencies in line with processes and legislation that govern sharing. The NCA is unable to comment on cases where there are ongoing legal discussions.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.