Sources BBC believe that the interlocutor was a liaison from the GRU.
The third alleged participant in the poisoning of the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Denis Sergeev, during a visit to the UK, called only one telephone number — to Russia. The number of several years did not have an owner, which is prohibited by Russian law. This is stated in the new investigation of The Insider, Bellingcat and BBC .
This is not the first material about the third suspect: Bellingcat and The Insider identified Denis Sergeev (Sergey Fedotov) in February. Judging by the new investigation, Sergeev could lead the actions of two other suspects – “Alexander Petrov” (Alexander Mishkin) and “Ruslan Boshirov” (Anatoly Chepiga).
- According to the BBC, Sergeyev serves in the GRU and bears the rank of major general. Unnamed sources of the publication confirmed that he, while in London, had contacted the leadership in Moscow;
- Sergeev was in the UK from March 2 to March 4, 2018 – on that very day the poison “Novice” was put on the door handle of the Skripale house. He lived in a hotel near Paddington Station in London;
- Bellingcat received Sergeyev’s mobile billing data and found out that he tried not to use public Wi-Fi. He communicated via Telegram, Viber and WhatsApp. He spent most of his time in Paddington, but in the morning of March 3 he was in the same area and at the same time as Petrov with Boshirov;
- According to the billing data, Sergeev called only one number and constantly kept in touch with this subscriber. In one of the applications, which allows you to find out how the number is recorded from other subscribers, it is listed under the name “Amir – Moscow”. Sergeev answered ten calls from this number and called him himself once, before leaving on March 4;
- BBC sources reported that the number could belong to Sergeyev’s contact in the GRU. The number was registered to a regular prepaid SIM card, but the phone did not have IMEI and the owner – the latter is contrary to Russian law;
- Journalists also tracked Sergeyev’s movements in Moscow. According to the data received, he came daily to house 76 on the Khoroshevskoye Highway, where the headquarters of the GRU is located;
- The Russian authorities did not comment on the results of the investigation.