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Bellingcat establishes identity of GRU member Petrov, suspect in Skripal case

The investigators claimed they would reveal the real name of 'Aleksandr Petrov' on October 9
10:09, 6 October 2018

Russia Today

Bellingcat investigation network established the identity of one of the suspects of attack on former member of Russian special service Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in British Salisbury. Aric Toler, principal investigator of Bellingcat for Eastern Europe and Eurasia reported this on Twitter. 

‘We established the real identity of Alexander Petrov, the second poisoner of Skripal, who worked with Anatoliy Chepiga (Ruslan Boshirov),’ he said.  

Related: Former Russian spy Skripal contacts Ukraine's Security Service

Toler also claimed that Bellingcat would announce the real name of 'Petrov' on Tuesday, October 9. 

As it was reported earlier, one of the suspects of poisoning Sergei Skripal in British Salisbury, Russian Ruslan Boshirov turned out to be Anatoliy Chepiga, the Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia (GRU). 

In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded him the title of Hero of Russia for his participation in the 'peacekeeping mission', which, The Insider assumes, could probably be the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. 

Related: Putin calls Skripal national traitor

Reportedly, the Crown Prosecution Service of the U.K. called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The police suspect Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They are accused of the poisoning of Skripals, a police officer who participated in the investigation, and two U.K. citizens in Amesbury. 

Related: Bellingcat reveals photo adding to evidence on Skripal's case

Later it was reported that there could be four more suspects in the Skripals case, apart from Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whose names were revealed by the British counter-intelligence. 

Earlier, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in British Salisbury. Later, Theresa May, British PM, stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation has confirmed the use of the Novichok nerve agent, which is produced in Russia. 

Related: "The Skripal Files" book released this week

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