“It’s him, Tolya.” Anatoly Chepiga’s fellow villagers recognize him in Ruslan Boshirov
The Kremlin, in turn, promised to verify the data on GRU colonel Chepiga.
Yesterday, The Insider and Bellingcat published another part of the investigation, which stated that Ruslan Boshirov, whom London accuses of poisoning former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, is in fact a GRU colonel, Hero of Russia Anatoly Chepiga.
Fellow villagers from Nikolaevka in the Amur Region, where Chepiga is from, confirmed that they recognized him in Boshirov.
“It’s him, Tolya,” told Chepiga’s compatriot, with whom he was close friends during the school years, told Kommersant. However, Some other people who knew him, anonymously, confirmed that Boshirov looks exactly like Chepiga.
One of the villagers also said that Chepiga was a good student at school, and then was enrolled to the Far Eastern Higher All-Arms Command School (DVOKU), and then began to serve in the GRU. Everyone in the village knew about this, the person added.
Another friend of Anatoly’s family says that Chepiga's mother often cried – when her son was in flashpoints, he did not get in touch for quite a while. Moreover, he has a wife and two children.
However, all the villagers have not seen Chepiga for a long time – more than ten years since his family finally moved to Blagoveshchensk. Some villagers interviewed by the publication are confident that Chepiga moved to Moscow and now lives there.
The Kremlin, commenting on the investigation, said that it would verify the information. According to the president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, he “doesn’t know if such a colonel exists,” and the Kremlin continues “to proceed from the information that was voiced by the Russian President and by the citizens of Russia themselves,” who introduced themselves as Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov.
To the journalists’ question why the president said that Boshirov was civil, Peskov replied that Putin “had such information.”