Published on: Sep 28, 2018 @ 15:15 – The Kremlin rebutted a further series of accusations about its alleged involvement in the attempt to poison the former Russian spy in England.

Russian President Vladimir Putin can provide evidence that Ruslan Boshirov, considered by London as one of the suspects in the “Skripal case”, is a civilian, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

The British website Bellingcat, in collaboration with The Insider, published an unserious story on Wednesday stating that Ruslan Boshirov is “really” an official of Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU and that his “real name” is Anatoly Chepiga.

On many occasions, Bellingcat has published information that could not be proven. In this particular case, the Bellingcat website has provided a very obviously digitally created ‘ID Card’ to the effect that Boshirov is really Chepiga, and that Chepiga is ‘GRU’. Bellingcat is run by a lone, clinically obese and perennially sedentary Englishman named Eliot Higgins, from his living room couch, and possesses no credentials or background in the field whatsoever.



“He has this information,” Peskov said, responding if the President is sure that Boshirov is a civilian.

“The fake news that Ruslan Boshirov is a colonel of the Central Intelligence Department (GRU) aims to divert attention from what is really happening in Salisbury”, said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

“The new fake news about Petrov and Boshirov was published immediately after the speech by Theresa May at the UN Security Council on WMD, during which she repeated her accusations against Russia,” wrote Zakharova on her Facebook account.

She also added that “there is no evidence, so the disinformation campaign continues, whose main objective is to divert attention from the main question: ‘What happened in Salisbury?‘”

The UK has never established numerous elements of its unofficial and unfiled ‘claim’ against Russia, which in fact amounts to little more than an untriable media holograph, disconnected from evidentiary procedures, due process, or discovery, under the law. The ‘Bellingcat revelation’ thus serves to exude more smoke into the air to give the appearance that somehow, somewhere, there must be an actual fire.

FRN implores its readers to take a look for themselves at the circular, entirely illogical ‘sleuthing’ done by Mr. Higgins for themselves. You’ll note that they give excellent details about the life of an unrelated man, the GRU agent named Chepiga, which are publicly available and despite the length at which they describe – as if it was hidden – the life and education of Chepiga, they do nothing to establish that Chepiga is Boshirov.

Commenter Elizabeth Ardley, in the comments of the Bellingcat piece, comments this:


There is a rather serious problem with this ‘investigation’ – the photo of the young Chepiga does not pass valid facial recognition tests when matched with the photos of Boshirov. I would have thought that such a test would have been the primary evidence in such research but so far Bellingcat seem to have omitted this technical detail. Those who have found positive facial recognition through the Azure Face Comparison program might want to take note of the following links:

Bellingcat and others might also be interested to know that there was no rainfall in Salisbury on the day in question that could have ‘diluted the novichok’ 

The real issue of course is that Chepiga is a separate man, his GRU status is no secret (they are not all ‘secret’ agents, just like the CIA are not all ‘secret agents’), and he still lives and works in the Russian Federation. Here are actual images of him, ‘uncovered’ by a random but nevertheless justifiably skeptical commenter named Elena Evdokimova in the Higgins wonder-boy piece.

Furthermore, if and even if somehow wildly, Chepiga is Boshirov – there is nothing connecting him directly to the ‘crime’ itself. The bizarre and unnecessary use of a specifically ‘Russian’ nerve agent, so toxic that the handler himself would also no doubt become ill, and furthermore a necessarily implicated ‘nerve agent’ so obviously connected to the Russian Federation, that just about any other method would work better including a random mugging gone wrong, gun shots and strangulation. The sleuthing to date amounts to Inspector Clouseau finding the Pink Panther’s monogrammed glove at the scene of the crime, and instantly ‘knowing’ it was Sir Charles Lytton, the previously uncovered thief. In the film’s plot, it was instead Lady Lytton aiming to implicate Sir Charles. Likewise, in this case, such a ‘calling card’ as Novichok is Lady Lytton usingn the monogrammed glove.

On March 4th, former secret agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in the British city of Salisbury, which sparked a major international scandal. London accused Moscow of orchestrating the attack with what UK experts claimed to be the A234 nervous agent (also known as “Novichok”).

The Russian side denied all charges, demanding access to the investigation of the case and its citizens who were in the British hospital, but London refused all requests.

In early September, the British side showed photos of two suspected poisoners – Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – and claimed that the two individuals were GRU officers, but then added that the names are false. Moscow said the names “say nothing” to Russia and appealed again to London to cooperate rather than accuse.

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