One of the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal was identified as colonel in the military intelligence

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His real name is Col. Anatoliy Chepiga but on the passport name was Ruslan Boshiro. He has served in Chechnya and Ukraine and was made a “Hero of the Russian Federation” in 2014. He earned more than 20 military awards for his service. President Putin claimed Boshirov was a civilian, and on Russian TV, he himself said he visited Salisbury as a tourist. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the new claims, saying there was no evidence. Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal – who sold secrets to MI6 – and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with Novichok on 4 March. Chepiga and Petrov flew in to Gatwick Airport from Moscow on 2 March 2018 and visited Salisbury on two consecutive days, including 4 March, the day of the poisoning.

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Ruslan Boshiro believed to be Col. Anatoliy Chepiga

Boshirov – or Colonel Chepiga – said he and Mr Petrov were in the sports nutrition business, but were traveling for pleasure. Addressing world leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday, Theresa May criticised Russia for its “desperate fabrication” over the Salisbury spy poisoning. The claims about Chepiga were made following an investigation by a firm called Bellingcat. They work to identify the second suspect in the Skripal case, believed to be someone who is at the captain level or a senior lieutenant level.

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