Anatoliy Chepiga (Ruslan Boshirov), one of the suspects of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal, lead the operation for transportation of the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Russia in 2014. Serhii Kanev, former reporter of the Center for Investigation Management, who took part in the investigation of The Insider and Bellingcat against the suspects of poisoning Skripal, claimed this to Hromadske.
‘Chepiga-Boshirov took part in the evacuation of Yanukovych to Russia. At least, my sources testify to it. He arrived in Yanukovych’s Mezhyhirya Residence with his unit of Special Forces. He was there guarding him. They transported him from there to Crimea then to Russia,’ the reporter told.
According to his information, Chepiga received the title of the “Hero of Russia” precisely for this special operation. In addition, the former guard of Putin Alexey Dyumin received the similar title of “Hero of Russia.”
‘Later this individual worked for the Ministry of Defense, currently he is the governor of Tula region. Everybody says that Dyumin is Putin’s successor. I also know that two other people received an award for Yanukovych’s evacuation, later, they framed “Wagner” private military company,’ the reporter claimed.
Roman Dobrohotov, Editor-in-Chief of The Russia Insider considers the version about the award of Chepiga for Yanukovych’s evacuation possible.
‘Now, we can say that Chepiga received his award not for an operation in Ukraine but due the so-called “Crimean operation.” Since nothing heroic happened during the operation of the annexation of Crimea, it can be assumed that he received the title precisely for the evacuation of Yanukovych through Crimea,’ Dobrohotov noted.
As it was reported earlier, 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.
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.