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Skripal case: Boshirov turns out to be Anatoliy Chepiga, colonel of GRU

Source : 112 Ukraine

In 2014, Chepiga received the title of "Hero of Russia" for taking part in “peacekeeping mission” – probably, in the hostilities in Ukraine
22:34, 26 September 2018

112 Agency

One of the suspects of poisoning Sergei Skripal in British Salisbury, Russian Ruslan Boshirov turned out to be Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia (GRU) Anatoliy Chepiga. The real name of the Russian was named in the investigation of The Insider and Bellingcat.

The journalists have been looking for Boshirov among graduates of military academies, where military intelligence personnel are trained for carrying out special operations abroad, where they are intensively taught foreign languages, the journalist was going through pictures of graduates 2001-2003.

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A man looked like Boshirov was identified on the photo of the cadets of the Far Eastern Military Command Academy taken in Chechnya.

Anatoliy Chepiga who served in Chechnya was found in the lists of graduates. In one of the databases, they found that in 2003-2005 years, Chepiga was living in Khabarovsk at the address, which coincided with the address of the military unit, corresponding to the 14th brigade of the Special Forces of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia.

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Later, the journalist found the excerpt from “Russian Passport” system with the photo of Chepiga. Chepiga was born on May 9, 1979. He served in the 14th brigade of the GRU, in the division, which participated in the Second Chechen War.

In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded him the title of Hero of Russia for his participation in the peacekeeping mission. According to The Insider, it can probably be the hostilities in Ukraine.

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