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The Insider and Bellingcat: real name of Ruslan Boshirov – Anatoly Chepiga, and he is the Hero of Russia

A man who, under a different name, entered the UK, and became suspected of poisoning the Fiddles.

Anatoly Chepiga and Ruslan Boshirov. Photos from personal files

The real name of Ruslan Boshirov, accused of an attempt on the family of the Violins in Britain, is Anatoly Chepiga, the The Insider and Bellingcat claim . In the third part of the investigation, the publication states that the Russian was born on April 5, 1979 and was the Hero of Russia. This information was confirmed by the Russian service of the BBC.

Chepiga was born in the village of Mykolayivka in the Amur Region, in 2001 received a passport at the Far Eastern Military Institute and joined the 14th brigade of the GRU special forces. Then he visited Chechnya three times, where he rose to the rank of colonel. In 2014, received from Vladimir Putin the title of Hero of Russia for his participation in the peacekeeping mission, presumably in Ukraine.

The authors of the investigation compared the photos of Ruslan Boshirov from the file of the British police and the photographs of Anatoly Chepigi from the system “Russian passport”. They look similar, including the shape of the face and the superciliary arches. He was found among the graduates of DVOKU, which one of the sources called the best university for the training of the GRU. The age of Chepigi and Boshirova coincides, as expected years of release – 2001-2003.

Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov are the main suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Julia the Violins in Britain. September 13, they first gave an interview in which they told that they are not agents of special services, but tourists who came to Salisbury. The Insider and Bellingcat found documents of “poisoners” marked “Top Secret” related to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, and also found out that they were detained by the Netherlands police.


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