Journalists claim that they confirmed the involvement of the suspects in the case of the Violins to the special services.
The publication The Insider and the research group Bellingcat released the first part of the investigation about Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, suspected by the UK in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Scribles. Journalists claim that with the help of documents and sources confirmed that Petrov and Boshirov are working for the Russian special services.
The Insider and Bellingcat published copies of official documents of the Federal Migration Service with a request for a passport in Petrov’s name. Journalists said they received documents from a source in the Russian police.
The authors of the investigation did not find in the FMS database data on previous passports and “traces of Petrov’s presence in this world until 2009”. Usually this information on citizens is in the file of the department.
Also, journalists noticed that on the file with passport data and biography there is a stamp of “not giving information”. In addition, the page with the biography was empty and containing the signature “SS”. Reporters stressed that this means “top secret”.
According to Bellingcat sources, usually such signatures indicate the identity of the passport holder to the special services. The fact that such a note on the document can testify to this, also wrote the Russian BBC service with reference to two sources in the FMS.
The authors of the investigation confirmed the information of Fontanka that the passports of Petrov and Boshirov differ in one digit – 1297 and 1294, respectively. In the FMS database, they are absent. Russian passports were issued to Petrov and Boshirov in Moscow’s Federal Migration Service 770001, where, as journalists claim, usually documents are not “mere mortals”, but siloviki.
It is also interesting that if you change the last digit in the passport Petrov or Boshirova, then again you will find people with strange questionnaires, with incomplete addresses (for example, without an apartment) and missing in any social networks and databases.
Petrov and Boshirov in an interview with RT rejected their involvement in the special services, saying that they visited the UK and Salisbury as tourists. The British Foreign Office responded by quoting the words of suspects in the poisoning of the Violins as “an example of entanglement of a question and lies”