Boshirov and Petrov’s ID numbers almost identical to those of other GRU staff
Bellingcat and The Insider have published the second part of their joint investigation.
The passport numbers of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the United Kingdom believes to be employees of the GRU and involved in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, are almost identical to the ID documents of other GRU employees, Bellingcat and The Insider reported in the second part of their joint investigation.
The article reveals that the passport number of Eduard Shirokov (Shishmakov), whom Montenegro accuses of trying to arrange a coup and whom the media refer to as a GRU employee, is only 25 and 27 figures different from Petrov and Boshirov's numbers, respectively.
"So, their numbers end with 294 and 297, while <...> Shirokov (Shishmakov) has the same passport number, but with 323 at the end," the publication says.
The article also describes the men’s other trips: Petrov traveled to the Netherlands in 2016, when the country had a referendum on EU’s association with Ukraine.
Moreover, according to some reports, Boshirov and Petrov were earlier arrested in the country. The research believes that they were detained as "Russian agents" for attempting to spy on the Spiez laboratory. Petrov last visited the EU in January 2018, according to the publication.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov denied London’s allegations in an interview with RT and said that they had been to Salisbury as tourists, to see the cathedral. They claim that they have nothing to do with the special services. Meanwhile, journalists found unusual notes in their passport files and a phone number related to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Soslan Dzhanaev, the goalkeeper of Kazan’s Rubin, has spoken in support of the football players Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev, who had been placed under arrest until December 8 over two fights in Moscow that they had gotten involved in. He called for a fair punishment on his Instagram page.