The Bellingcat and The Insider in a joint investigation managed to confirm the involvement in the special services of Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, suspected of poisoning the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal. At the moment, the first part of the investigation has been published.
The investigators claim that according to Alexander Petrov's data in the base of the Federal Migration Service, he was born on July 13, 1979 in the town of Kotlas under the passport, but there is no information about him until 2009 when he received this passport.
"In ordinary files, "there are notes on obtaining other national and foreign passports, the facts of registration at different addresses. In Petrov's file there is nothing of this. "His passport in 2009 was received" in return for the spoiled, "and the dossier indicated the number of this "spoiled" passport, which never existed in nature," noted in the investigation.
The file with the biography is empty, and there is "top secret" stamp.
It is also reported that in the residence of Alexander Petrov used to live another man with the name Petrov, whose passport data is different.
In addition, according to the data on the flight registration received by The Bellingcat and The Insider, the numbers of Boshirov and Petrov passports differ by one figure (for Boshirov the passport ends at 1294, at Petrov for 1297).
"By the way, from the registration data it follows that both" tourists "bought tickets on the 1st day of the month, the day before the departure, which contradicts their words that the trip was planned in advance. Why such a rush? A little earlier this day tickets to London were bought by Yulia Skripal. It hardly a coincidence, it is possible that the "tourists" thought that somehow it could affect their plans and decided to hurry, "the investigators noted.