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Bellingcat claims it has identified second Skripal poisoning suspect as military doctor

Via RT

UK-based ‘investigative’ group Bellingcat claims one of the the men accused by the UK authorities of being involved in the Salisbury poisoning affair is known as Aleksandr Petrov and is a doctor working for Russian intelligence.

In another instalment of its running coverage about the two men London calls the Salisbury poisoning suspects, the open-source investigators claim they managed to “conclusively” establish what they describe as the real identity of Petrov. Bellingcat earlier had published a similar report about the other suspect, known as Ruslan Boshirov, whom it said was a decorated special forces officer.

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The UK-based group linked to NATO funded projects claimed that Petrov’s real name is Aleksandr Mishkin and he is “a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU,” the Russian military intelligence service. Bellingcat admitted that the alleged agent’s “true persona has an even sparser digital footprint” than that of the man it identified as Boshirov.

As in Boshirov’s case, the group also relied upon “multiple open sources” and “testimony from people familiar with the person” in question. It also added that it managed to somehow obtain copies of Mishkin’s personal IDs and gathered “forensic evidence” of facial matches between “Mishkin” and Petrov.

Bellingcat did not elaborate on its “investigation methods,” adding that it would publish a separate report on the matter. The authenticity and veracity of the documents, which Bellingcat claimed it got from a Russian database, could not be immediately verified.

In late September, the group claimed that Ruslan Boshirov is actually Colonel Anatoly Chepiga, who served in an elite commando unit and received the decoration of Hero of Russia – the country’s highest award – in 2014. In that case, Bellingcat’s identification relied on what it called a resemblance between an old photo of a man presumed to be Chepiga and a younger Borshirov.

This was later refuted by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who said that Russian databases have no information about Chepiga or about a Chepiga being awarded the highest national merit.

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Throughout most of the free world an accusation of murder requires a statement of motive. What does Bellingcat suggest might have been the motive behind this?

Skripal
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Skripal

Russia will have to kill these stories with some hard facts, unless of course there is an element of truth to it.

If they keep quiet, even people, who believe the whole Skripal case is a gigantic British hoax, will start believing something is not right here, i.e. that the Kremlin is lying.

It should be possible for the press to confirm whether or not the Bellingcat story is true, by talking to family, friends, business partnes of the two accused individuals – or four people if the Bellingcat story is invented.

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One can’t prove that one is not guilty and that is why the onus is on the ones that make the assertion of guilt upon another to prove guilt.Simple logic as no one can prove a negative .It is up to the UK intelligence or lack thereof, to prove guilt and quit dancing with this whole affair .
The Russians must quite amused with these clowns .

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Skripal

I generally agree with you. However, I do not believe anyone is amused with the situation as it stands today. Sitting back, -as is currently the strategy, is quite dangerous, as we have seen with MH17. I do not believe the two gentlemen have tried to kill Mr. Skripal and generally believe there are very many gaps in the current prevailing Western narrative. Nevertheless, I am equally convinced that the Russian side is lying through their teeth. If Petrov is not Mishkin it should be relatively easy for the press to prove. Time for Russia to play one of their… Read more »

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

And to admit to anything is to give the accuser enough rope to hang you with. Even truth is worthless when those that would damn you, would do so for a lie. You NEVER prove your innocence. THEY must prove their lie.

Leonardo
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Leonardo

The most interesting aspect to me is that Bellingcat has gone overboard with this investigation, in a way that blatantly shows that they have likely become an outlet for the distribution of information or disinformation coming from western intelligence services. There was reason to believe something like that even in the past, when the JIT basically based some of its own conclusions on Bellingcat investigations. But this time it’s pretty clear that they aren’t working with just open source material. So, either they are getting their informations from intelligence agencies or they are getting them from connections on the ground… Read more »

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I am not so pro Russian that I cannot accept any crimes they commit. If there is real evidence I would love to see it, I can handle the truth. My question is how much of a half assed Keystone Kop operation is the GRU that their master assassination plots are uncovered by Bellingcat? Bellingcat….the known propaganda site run by a member of the “think tank”(ironic name)Atlantic Council, which, I could be wrong,but I believe it used to be headed by the current Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman. The one Robert Parry of Consortium News called “amateurish and anti Russian”… Read more »

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Why does Belingcat get so much attention? Who is Belingcat? Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Who is He? Everything You Need to Know… ‘… That from the Telegraph, March 29th, 2014. Higgins affectionately portrayed as a kind of Winnie the Pooh meets a Beautiful Mind as he goes on to crack the enigma which had eluded the world etc etc… …Higgins is from Leicester in the UK, born in 1979, He never finished college, dropping out of the Southampton Institute of Higher Education. When asked for interview what he studied at university, his answer was , “Media . . . I… Read more »

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Funny how fascist Russia deny every day their crimes, and murders……………….

Fred
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With a third person being named today …cooperation with Fontankaa website…admission of an investigative unit in Russia called conflict intelligence team…. are there any persons out there who can use the methods they have to unravel this charade?

How does one obtain a copy scan of a passport for example…they must be being fed all this stuff to create this fable to promulgate the agenda from hidden sources that seemed determined to take us down a road of conflict.

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