“Not for disclosure.” Media learns that Petrov and Boshirov were connected with Russian special services
So far, only the first part of the materials collected by journalists has been published on the Web.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the United Kingdom accused of poisoning former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter, are employees of Russian special services. This conclusion was made by the authors of the investigation conducted by the publications Bellingcat and The Insider.
So far, only the first part of the materials collected by the journalists has been published on the Web. In particular, the data from the FMS base, or rather the lack of information regarding the receipt of Russian and foreign passports by Petrov in 2009, is noteworthy.
The database only shows that Petrov received the current passport “in exchange for the damaged one,” and the dossier lists the number of this “damaged” passport which actually never existed. Further, on the profile with information about it, there is a stamp saying “not for disclosure” and the signature “s.s.” The journalists deciphered the last abbreviation as ‘classified’ in Russian.
Earlier, the media has already published information on oddities in the numbers of Boshirov's and Petrov's passports – they differ only by one figure. In addition, it is noteworthy that both of them bought tickets to London on the eve of departure, although they said that the trip was planned in advance.
“One can assume why they were in such a rush: a little earlier, on the same day, Yulia Skripal bought tickets to London,” reads the investigation.
The authors of the material also draw attention to the fact that the Russian passports of Petrov and Boshirov were issued by the Federal Migration Service 770001. It is believed that in this unit the documents are given to the privileged persons for bribes and employees of the law enforcement agencies.
On September 5, London said that Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are accused of poisoning the Skripals. On September 12, Russia Today television channel aired an interview with them.