The Insider and Bellingcat have confirmed the connection of the suspects in the poisoning Skrobala to the intelligence services of Russia
A joint investigation and The Insider and confirmed the Bellingcat link the suspects in the poisoning Skrobala Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov to the Russian security services.
Journalists managed to find out through the passport, they found, according to Ukrainian Pravda.
“The original Russian official documents, which are available on Bellingcat and The Insider, prove conclusively that these two were registered in a Central database of citizens of Russia under the names “Alexander E. Petrov” and “Ruslan Timurovich of Bashirov” and received internal passports in those names in 2009,” write the investigators.
However, any records on these individuals prior to 2009 are not available.
“This speaks to the fact that these names – probably the cover for the employees of the Russian special services. Crucially, in the records of the passport of at least one of them has different overlays of privacy. Such notes, according to at least two sources, which were consulted team Bellingcat characteristic of security personnel or senior government officials” say the journalists.
In addition, they refute statements Petrov and Bashirova in an interview with RT that last a long time planning your visit to Salisbury.
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Journalists indicate that he had received the list of passengers of “Aeroflot”. It indicates the time of service, check in and boarding each passenger.
“The suspects made the booking of tickets and check in online at 20:00 GMT (22:00 Moscow time) on March 1, 2018, on the eve of their short trip to London and Salisbury,” according to Bellingcat.
The investigators explained that they analyzed records from the Russian centralized database of passports and registration of citizens and found records of the passport belonging to the suspect.
“People using the name “Alexander Petrov”, actually has a passport in the name of Alexander Petrov, who was born 13 July 1979 in Kotlas is a small town in the North of Russia. Date of birth coincides with the date of birth of Alexander Petrov, who was on flight “Aeroflot” SU2588 March 2, 2018, according to the passenger list, studied Bellingcat”-
The photograph in the passport of this person corresponds to the photos published by the British authorities, and a person named Alexander Petrov in an interview with RT.
In addition, journalists noted that the entry on the passport Petrov “you’ll be features that are not found in any of the passport records, studied Bellingcat and The Insider in the course of this and previous investigations”.
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They note that in the record of Petrov missing history of the addresses in the registration or previously issued identity documents, to 2009.
The journalists explain that the usual entry on the passport contains the history of previously issued documents, the validity of which has expired, passports issued by that person (both past and current) and history of addresses registration.
“The first – and only – Russian identity document specified in writing to Petrova, is a Russian internal passport (mandatory issued to citizens of Russia from the age of 14), issued on 26 November 2009 and is still valid,” say the journalists.
In the entry on the passport is the “base document issuance,” which is usually listed on the previous document (expired), which issued the current document.
In the case of Petrov the basis for the issuance of a new passport it is specified only “in connection with unsuitability”.
“This mark is usually set if the previous passport was damaged or contains invalid data” – explain investigated.
In the handwritten note attached to the record Petrova, referred to the previous internal passport, issued in St. Petersburg in 1999.
However, journalists note that the data on the passport at the number listed in the database do not exist.
In addition, the record of the passport Petrova has a seal indicating “Statements do not give.”
“Such seals are not found in the records of the passports of civilians. a source in the Russian police regularly work with the Central database confirmed Bellingcat and The Insider, I’ve never seen this stamp on any passport form during his career. The source suggested that this mark is applied to a deep undercover intelligence officers”, – is spoken in the investigation.
The hypothesis that personality Petrova is a fake, confirms another page in his notes on the passport, which is designed to enter biographical data, journalists say.
“In the recording Petrov this page intentionally left blank, and in addition to the same print “no Information to give”, there’s a note by hand “Is a letter. S. S.”. According to the above-mentioned source, “S. S.” is a frequently-used abbreviation for “top Secret”, according to journalists.
Another fact that indicates the special status of Petrov – in the absence of his records on the passport of any information about his passport, which he had entered the UK.
“The number of the passport specified in the list of passengers of Aeroflot, which has Bellingcat. However, in the records of Petrov passport no passport, that is not the usual practice, when such a record is a list of all issued by the authorities of the identity documents, both domestic and foreign, both existing and expired,” say the investigators.
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