Russian Spy Poisoning Suspect Was "Honoured By Putin"

Ruslan Boshirov

A new report by the open-source Bellingcat investigative team claims one of two men accused of trying to poison Sergei Skripal is actually a highly decorated military intelligence officer.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Theresa May attacked Russian Federation for its "desperate fabrication" over the Salisbury spy poisoning as she addressed world leaders in NY.

The disclosure, uncovered by investigative journalist organisation Bellingcat in conjunction with The Telegraph, exposes as lies Mr Putin's claims that the Skripals'.

After the United Kingdom government identified the two men they appeared on the Russian state-backed news channel RT and said they were merely "tourists" who visited Salisbury to see the city's famous cathedral.

Russian military representatives pose in front of the memorial wall with Anatoliy Chepiga as the last name under the Gold Star honor list at the Far-Eastern Military Command Academy in Blagoveshensk, Russia May 24, 2017.

He is linked to one of Russia's security services, according to the group.

The agency combines military intelligence gathering with elite special forces capability and in recent years has reportedly been active in the Syrian conflict, Chechnya and Georgia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the men suspected of the poisoning were members of Russian military intelligence acting on orders from a "high level".

On September 14, Bellingcat said it had reviewed Russian documents that indicated the two men had no records in the Russian resident database prior to 2009, a sign they may be working as operatives for the government.

He claimed after police released his photo earlier this month that he worked in the fitness industry and only visited Salisbury to see the cathedral.

The website bills itself as "the home of online investigations" and its report on the man it revealed to be Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga has made headlines around the world. Boshirov said it was possible that they were near Skripal's house but did not know where it was.

To validate the hypothesis that Chepiga is Skripal poisoning suspect "Boshirov", Bellingcat and The Insider obtained extracts from the passport file of Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga - the man born on 5th April 1979 - from two separate sources with access to databases dated prior to 2014.

ONE of the men accused of poisoning Sergei Skripal in the English country town of Salisbury has been outed as a highly awarded intelligence officer in Russian Federation.

Ms Sturgess died in hospital in July, just over a week after the pair fell ill.

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