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>> One of the suspects in the UK poisoning attack has been identified as an officer in Russia's military intelligence. British media named him as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga Thursday citing investigative news website Bellingcat. He's one of two Russians Britain has charged with attempted murder of former Russian spies Sergay Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March using a nerve agent called Novichok.
That's the man named as Chepiga on the left. The two men telling Russian television this month that they visited Salisbury for fun to see its fame cathedral. He traveled under the name Ruslan Boshirov, which Britain understood to be an alias. Russia denies having a hand in the poisoning, President Vladimir Putin says the two men are ordinary citizens.
The report said Chepiga served in wars in Chechnya and Ukraine, and Putin made him a hero of the Russian Federation in 2014. Two European security sources familiar with the Skripal investigation said the leaked details about him were accurate and Britain's Defense Minister appeared to confirm the reports in a tweet that was later deleted.
The Skripals were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury. They recovered after a spell in hospital but two other residents of the English town were later poisoned after they found a perfume bottle containing the same nerve agent. One of them, Dawn Sturgess, died in July.