Documentary filmmakers killed this July in Africa were reportedly investigating Russian arms shipments to mercenary groups

Before his murder on July 30, Russian journalist Orkhan Dzhemal was reportedly investigating the possible shipment of Russian firearms to private military companies operating in the Central African Republic, sources told the independent television network Dozhd. One source close to the Russian Federal Security Service claims he had advised Dzhemal about the weapons transfers, saying that the reporter went to Africa to film documentary evidence of the shipments.

The Real Russia. Today. Anatoly Chepiga’s childhood classmate IDs him, the Kremlin promises to look into it, and Lilia Shevtsova says the Putin regime is rotting

The cathedral-obsessed, possibly gay fitness instructor “Ruslan Boshirov” is an invention by Russia’s Military Intelligence Directorate — a fake identity given to GRU Colonel Anatoly Chepiga, according to the third investigative report by Bellingcat and The Insider about the two Russian men identified by the British authorities as the likely culprits behind the attempted murder of Sergey and Yulia Skripal in March (as well as the apparently accidental homicide of British citizen Dawn Sturgess). Bellingcat began its work with only the two targets’ photographs and their cover identities, before a “deductive search” led them to a school photo of Chepiga in Chechnya. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the information about Boshirov’s real name is “fake news.” Personal documents issued to “Ruslan Boshirov” were already circulating in the media. Funny passport numbers link a whole web of suspected Russian intelligence operatives. Russia’s Federal Security Service is reportedly trying to hunt down the Interior Ministry staff members who “sold off” passport and identification documents belonging to “Petrov” and “Boshirov.” Roman Dobrokhotov, the chief editor of The Insider, says he doesn’t know how Bellingcat acquired the personal files on “Boshirov” and “Petrov,” and insists that he’s broken no laws.

The Kremlin says it will look into reports that one of the Salisbury suspects in fact a decorated GRU colonel

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that he knows nothing about anyone named Anatoly Chepiga — the military intelligence colonel investigative reporters say is the real identity of Salisbury attack suspect “Ruslan Boshirov.” Peskov redirected journalists’ questions to the Russian Defense Ministry, while promising to review the reports about Chepiga.

GRU colonel, Hero of Russia, Chechen War vet. Journalists say they’ve figured out who ‘Ruslan Boshirov’ really is

The cathedral-obsessed, possibly gay fitness instructor “Ruslan Boshirov” is an invention by Russia’s Military Intelligence Directorate — a fake identity given to GRU Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, according to the third investigative report by Bellingcat and The Insider about the two Russian men identified by the British authorities as the likely culprits behind the attempted murder of Sergey and Yulia Skripal in March (as well as the apparently accidental homicide of British citizen Dawn Sturgess). Chepiga was reportedly born on April 5, 1979, in the Amur region. He graduated from the Far Eastern Military Command Academy and then enlisted in the GRU’s 14th Spetsnaz Brigade in Khabarovsk, serving three tours of duty in Chechnya. In December 2014, Vladimir Putin allegedly gave Chepiga the country’s highest state award: the Hero of the Russian Federation medal. Bellingcat and The Insider believe this was likely for “heroism” in covert military operations in eastern Ukraine. Chepiga got his “Ruslan Boshirov” alter ego after moving to Moscow, where he trained at the the Military Diplomatic Academy, also known as the “GRU Conservatory,” Bellingcat says.

The Real Russia. Today. The GRU agent behind ‘Ruslan Boshirov,’ Chechnya and Ingushetia trade borderlands, and Putin plays his hand in Primorye

Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider say they have “established conclusively” the identity of one of the suspects in the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, and in the homicide of British citizen Dawn Sturgess. Say goodbye to “Ruslan Boshirov” and hello to Anatoliy Chepiga, the highly decorated GRU officer behind the phony name.