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Skripal poisoning The passport data of the suspect shows the link to security services

Skripal poisoning The passport data of the suspect shows the link to security services

Read the Insider Russian report on this same topic here.

An ongoing Bellingcat study that is carried out jointly The Insider Russia has confirmed via unsecured passport data that the two Russian nationals identified by the United Kingdom authorities as main suspects in the Novichok poisonings on British soil are linked to Russian security services. This finding directly contradicts the Russian President's allegations of 12 September 2018, and the two men in an interview that RT broadcasts a day later that they are citizens who have traveled to Salisbury for a tourist trip.

Original Russian documents that were reviewed by Bellingcat and The Insider definitively confirm that the two men were registered in the central Russian resident database under the names Alexander Yevgenievich Petrov and Ruslan Timurovich Boshirov, respectively, and in 2009 received internal passports under these names. there are records for these two personas before 2009. This suggests that the two names probably cover identities for employees of one of the Russian security services. It is crucial that at least one passport file of a man contains several "top secret" markings, which according to at least two sources consulted by Bellingcat are usually reserved for members of secret services or top state employees.

These findings, together with the peculiarities in the two male bookings of their flight to London, make the official statements of Russia that Petrov and Boshirov civil tourists are unacceptable, and confirm the British authorities' claim that they are in fact officials of a Russian security service.

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