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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (157) – Addendum

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Some excellent effort by Bellingcat – GRU Spetsnaz well and truly burned. Reported to have received Hero of the Russian Federation in late 2014 for classified operations, which would likely have been in Ukraine. GRU Spetsnaz were pivotal in the initial operations to establish the mercenary force in Donbass, and suffered very heavy losses through the campaign.

bellingcat – Skripal Suspect Boshirov Identified as GRU Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga – bellingcat

Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider – Russia have established conclusively the identity of one of the suspects in the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, and in the homicide of British citizen Dawn Sturgess. Part 1 and Part 2 of Bellingcat’s investigation into the Skripal poisoning suspects are available for background information. In these previous two parts of the investigation, Bellingcat and the Insider concluded that the two suspects – traveling internationally and appearing on Russian television under the aliases “Ruslan Boshirov” and “Alexander Petrov” – are in fact undercover officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, widely known as GRU. Bellingcat has been able to confirm the actual identity of one of the two officers. The suspect using the cover identity of “Ruslan Boshirov” is, in fact, Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, a highly decorated GRU officer bestowed with Russia’s highest state award, Hero of the Russian Federation. Following Bellingcat’s own identification, multiple sources familiar with the person and/or the investigation have confirmed the suspect’s identity. This finding eliminates any remaining doubt that the two suspects in the Novichok poisonings were, in fact, Russian officers operating on a clandestine government mission. While civilians in Russia can generally own more than one passport, no civilian – or even an intelligence service officer on a personal trip – can cross the state border under a fake identity. The discovery also highlights the extent of the effort – and public diplomacy risk – Russia has taken to protect the identities of the officers. President Putin publicly vouched that “Boshirov” and “Petrov” are civilians. As it is established practice that the awards Hero of the Russian Federation are handed out by the Russian president personally, it is highly likely that Vladimir Putin would have been familiar with the identity of Colonel Chepiga, given that only a handful of officers receive this award each year.

Skripal suspect ‘real name’ revealed as Anatoliy Chepiga – BBC News

The real name of one of the men believed to be behind the Salisbury attack has been revealed by a website.

Revealed: The battle-hardened Spetsnaz Brigade special forces unit that trained Skripal ‘hitman’

The special forces brigade in which Anatoliy Chepiga served carried out secret missions in Ukraine for which it is believed he was awarded Russia&rsquo;s highest honour.

Salisbury poisoning suspect is Russian colonel – reports | World news | The Guardian

‘Ruslan Boshirov’ is in fact highly decorated GRU officer Anatoliy Chepiga, say reports

Salisbury ‘hitman’ Ruslan Boshirov unmasked as decorated GRU colonel | Daily Mail Online

The real identity of one of the two Salisbury assassins, named by police as as Ruslan Boshirov, is reportedly Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.

Salisbury suspect ‘true identity’ revealed as a colonel in the Russian military intelligence – ITV News

Read Salisbury suspect ‘true identity’ revealed as a colonel in the Russian military intelligence latest on ITV News. All the World news

Sergei Skripal hitman unmasked as elite soldier given Russia’s highest award by Vladimir Putin himself

The alleged spy initially identified as Ruslan Boshirov may actually be decorated Russian soldier Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga

Bellingcat reveals Putin KNEW agent behind Salisbury Novichok attack | Daily Star

THE real identity of one of the agents behind the Salisbury nerve agent attacks has been revealed.

Skripal suspect ‘revealed as spy given Putin’s highest military honour’ | Metro News

A man accused of carrying out the Salisbury poisoning attack has been identified as a high ranking officer in Russian military intelligence, according to a new report. Ruslan Boshirov, 39,…

Salisbury poisoning suspect named as a Russian colonel by UK media | Reuters

The real identity of one of the men wanted by Britain for the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter is Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, according to media reports on Wednesday which said he was a decorated Russian colonel.UK

Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspect unmasked as ‘colonel given top honour by Vladimir Putin’ – Mirror Online

A man, named only as Kirill, also called the newsroom of a Russian paper, to give the information about Ruslan Boshirov who he says went to school with

Salisbury Poisoning Suspect Named As Russian Colonel

The real identity of one of the two Russians blamed by Britain for the Salisbury nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is Anatoly Chepiga, the investigative website Bellingcat say…