Journalists called the Ministry of Defense by telephone from the Petrova questionnaire to the Federal Migration Service

Two journalists from foreign media claim that they were able to reach the telephone number of the FMS documents addressed to Alexander Petrov and they were told that this was the number of the Russian Ministry of Defense

Alexander Petrov (right) and Ruslan Boshirov (left)

(Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Journalist Oliver Carroll of the British edition of the Independent and Patrick Revel of the American television channel ABC News reported that they had succeeded in breaking the telephone number mentioned in the FMS service documents with a statement addressed to Alexander Petrov. The telephone picked up, as the journalists insure, confirmed that this is the number of the Ministry of Defense of Russia. Both journalists wrote about this on their pages on Twitter.

"Dialed just the number indicated – the person on the other end of the line confirmed that this is the Ministry of Defense number," – I wrote Oliver Carroll. When asked if Petrov was their employee, they hung up, the journalist added.

"I called the telephone number from the document <...>, published by Bellingcat, which calls "Novaya Gazeta" the number of the Ministry of Defense of Russia. The man who answered at 03:00 confirmed that I was in the ministry, "- I wrote Patrick Revel.

RBC did not answer the calls on the indicated number. RBC sent a request to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Last Friday, the International Investigative Group Bellingcat published copies of official documents of the Federal Migration Service with the passport details of Alexander Petrov and a statement in his name about the issuing of a document proving his identity. According to investigators, Petrov's passport file has the stamp & # 39; not provide information & # 39; and code 195-79-66. "Novaya Gazeta" claims that the telephone number is the telephone number of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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In an interview with RT on 13 September, Petrov and Boshirov called themselves & medium sized entrepreneurs & # 39; in the fitness industry and sports nutrition. Their involvement in the poisoning of the violins, they deny and claim that they were exclusively tourists in Salisbury. President Vladimir Putin, who commented on the situation around Petrov and Boshirov on the recent East Economic Forum in Vladivostok, called them civilian. "In principle, of course, we looked at what kind of people they were, we know who they already are, we found them. <...> There is nothing special or criminal, "said the head of state.