An investigative news coverage site has distributed what it says is the genuine character of one of the Russian insight officers associated with the Salisbury nerve specialist harming.

The Bellingcat aggregate cases the man who was named as Ruslan Boshirov is really Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga.

English authorities have not remarked. The BBC comprehends there is no argument about the distinguishing proof.

UK examiners have said Mr Boshirov was a Russian knowledge officer.

It was thought he ventured out to the UK on a false identification, under a nom de plume, another Russian national who utilized the name Alexander Petrov.

Media caption”Our companions had been proposing for quite a while that we visit this magnificent town” – meet from 13 September 2018

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The UK government has blamed Mr Petrov and Mr Boshirov for the assault. It said they were covert officers for the Russian military insight, the GRU.

Russia has dependably denied the affirmations and President Vladimir Putin said the suspects were regular citizens.

The combine at that point showed up on Russian-state TV professing to have been visitors, visiting Salisbury to see its basilica.

Bellingcat says that Col Chepiga was a trooper who served in Chechnya and was granted the most noteworthy state grant – Hero of the Russian Federation, generally offered by and by President Vladimir Putin.

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Colonel Chepiga is the keep going name on the Gold Star respect list on the commemoration mass of the Far Eastern Military Command School

Bellingcat got separates from the visa document of Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. A photo of Mr Chepiga from 2003 seems to resemble a more youthful form of the man who utilized the character Ruslan Bushirov.

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