Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, on her Facebook page called the investigation that the Federal Security Service (FSB) helped the alleged poisoners of the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal to get a visa to the UK.
On Friday, November 16, a joint investigation was published by the British group Bellingcat and The Insider. It claims that the alleged poisoners of the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – were helped by the FSB to get a visa to the UK.
Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia were poisoned in March in British Salisbury. In the incident, the British authorities blamed Russia. Later the names of the alleged poisoners were announced – they turned out to be certain Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Moscow denies all allegations of involvement.
According to the investigation of Bellingcat and The Insider, Boshirov is in fact a cadre of Russian military intelligence, Colonel Anatoly Chepiga.