RFE/RL's Russian Service and the open-source investigative website Bellingcat published a photograph, which adds to the growing evidence identifying a Russian military intelligence officer who was allegedly involved in Skripal’s case, as Radio Liberty reports.
“The photo, highlighted in an October 2 report published jointly by RFE/RL's Russian Service and the open-source investigative website Bellingcat, builds on other recent reports that have used data from passport registries, online photographs, and military records to focus on a Russian man identified by British authorities as Ruslan Boshirov,” the news agency reads.
The British authorities informed that Boshirov and another man identified as Aleksandr Petrov were involved in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
“Later research pinpointed Boshirov's alleged true identity as Anatoly Chepiga, who graduated from the Far Eastern Military Academy and received a medal - the Hero of the Russia Federation - in 2014, and holds the rank of colonel in the GRU,” the message says.
RFE/RL's Russian Service along with Bellingcat found a wall of photos at the military academy honoring famous graduates.
“One of the photos, posted between July 2014 and March 2016, is identified as Chepiga. The photo shows a man resembling the man identified as Boshirov on the RT interview,” the news agency adds.
Maria Zakharova, the Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, asserted that the allegations about Chepiga is just a part of an “information campaign” aimed at the Russian Federation.
Reportedly, Skripal was detained in 2004 for working for British MI6, in 2010, he was released on the exchange of agents. After, he was living in the south of England.
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.