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Russian investigative journalist leaves state fearing prosecution

In his comments for a Russian news outlet RBK, Sergei Kanev stated: "There is a load of my investigations that have angered certain high-ranking officials”
15:52, 1 October 2018

Radio Liberty

Russian investigative journalist stated that he left the state as he was afraid of being prosecuted for his work, as Radio Liberty reports.

“Sergei Kanev, who took part in a Bellingcat probe into the identity of the two main suspects accused by Britain in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, said he was on "vacation" in one of the Baltic states,” the news agency reads.

In his comments for a Russian news outlet RBK, Kanev stated: "There is a load of my investigations that have angered certain high-ranking officials.”

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"This is not only about Boshirov and Petrov," Kanev added, meaning two main suspects in the Skripals’ case.

On September 20, the investigative website Bellingcat informed that a joint investigation with Business Insider confirmed the two suspects, Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov had links to Russian military intelligence.

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“On September 26, Bellingcat said it and Insider had determined that Boshirov was actually Anatoly Chepiga, a member of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU who was awarded Russia’s highest award in 2014,” the message says.

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. 

Related: Britain to ask Russia to extradite suspects in Salisbury attack

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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