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Suspects in Skripal poisoning are active GRU officers, - Bellingcat

The passport data disclosed by the investigators proves that the suspects are not common civilians but security service workers
20:02, 21 September 2018

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Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov suspected in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia are active GRU-officers as Bellingcat reported.

According to the report published on the website, the passport data disclosed by the investigators proves that the suspects are not common civilians but security service workers.

"Bellingcat and the Insider can confirm definitively that both “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” are active GRU officers. This conclusion is based both on objective data and on discussions with confidential Russian sources familiar with the identity of at least one of the two persons", the message said.

Related: British MIA: Sanctions in Skripal case not to introduced until after Brexit

Bellingcat also specified that the found dossier of Petrov contains a stamp "Do not provide data" that also differentiates his passport from the documents of the usual civilians. Moreover, the cryptic numbers that follow this stamp point out the defensive structures of Russia, such as the Defense Ministry and GRU itself.

The other singularity of this case is the direction of the trips of Petrov and Bashirov. All of them clearly led to Western Europe. Moreover, the period of time of these trips is also ambiguous. Particularly, their visit to the Netherlands coincided with the referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association in Ukraine. 

Related: Suspected in Skripals' case Petrov and Boshirov involved in special services

Earlier we also reported that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were previously arrested in the Netherlands. The Insider marked that the two visited the Netherlands in April 2016, exactly when the mentioned referendum took place.

As we reported 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 Bashirov. They are accused of the poisoning of Skripals, a police officer who participated in the investigation and two citizens of the U.K. poisoned in Amesbury.

Related: Suspected in Skripal’s poisoning: We came to Salisbury to hang out, see clocks

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

As it was reported 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.

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