The Insider and Bellingcat: the real name of "Ruslan Boshirov" is Anatoly Chepiga, he is a colonel of the GRU
The Russian Internet publication The Insider and the research group Bellingcat claim that as part of a very serious investigation, they were able to establish the real name of “Ruslan Boshirov”, one of the suspects in the poisoning of Scripals in the British Salisbury. It turned out to be the GRU colonel Anatoly Chepiga, to whom Vladimir Putin in 2014 conferred the title of Hero of Russia, according to the investigation. This title, suggest The Insider and Bellingcat, may be associated with events in Ukraine.
Anatoly Vladimirovich Chepiga was born on May 5, 1979 in the small village of Nikolaevka on the Chinese-Russian border. At the age of 18, he entered the prestigious Far Eastern Higher All-Arms Command School (DVOKU), located just 40 km from his home. The school was trained, including officers of the GRU special forces. Chepiga graduated with honors and went to serve in the 14th brigade of the GRU special forces. The unit of Chepiga (74854, previously - 20662) played an important role in the second Chechen war.And in December 2014, Vladimir Putin, by his decree, awarded Chepiga the title of “Hero of Russia”. <...>
The Insider and Bellingcat searched for Boshirov among graduates of military schools, where GRU staff are trained for operations abroad and intensively teach a foreign language. One of such schools is the TWICE. Knowing roughly the age of Boshirov, The Insider and Bellingcat looked at photos of graduates from 2001–2003. On one of them, made in Chechnya, we managed to find someone remotely resembling "Boshirov":
Although it is difficult to draw any conclusions from this photo, it became an additional reason to look for “Boshirova” among the graduates of the PARTICLE. Further searching was helped by the site of the school itself, which published a list of its graduates who became “Heroes of Russia”. One of them, Anatoly Chepiga, could have been Boshirov in his age, and, judging from information from public sources, he also served in Chechnya. His name was found in one of the databases, where the address of Chepigi in Khabarovsk in 2003–2005 coincided with the address of the military unit corresponding to the 14th GRU special forces brigade: this also increased the likelihood that “Boshirov” and Chepig were the same person .
An extract from the Russian Passport system in 2014 confirmed this hypothesis.
You can become a hero in our seemingly peaceful time. Native with. Nikolayevka, a graduate of the 2001 PARTNERSHIP Chepiga Anatoly Vladimirovich, was on a business trip in Chechnya three times and has more than 20 awards and insignia. And in December 2014, Colonel A. Chepige. For the fulfillment of the peacekeeping mission he was awarded the title Hero of the Russian Federation.
Regional branch DOSAAF (Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Fleet) in the Amur Region, December 13, 2017
Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia were found in serious condition in Salisbury in early March. British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Skripali was poisoned by the Novice Nerve Alert (A-234), developed in Russia. Russian authorities have denied the allegations.
On September 5, London named the suspects in the poisoning - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. On September 12, Vladimir Putin announced that “we know who they are, we found them” and they are “civilian, of course,” the next day Petrov and “Boshirov” were interviewed by the RT chief editor Margarita Simonyan. In particular, they stated that they were in Salisbury as tourists. The charges associated with poisoning, they deny.