27 September 2018 — Moon of Alabama
The UK/NATO propaganda group Bellingcat asserts that the man in the left picture is the same man as the person in the other two pictures.
The man in the middle and right picture is supposed to be Ruslan Boshirov, one of the two Russians who say (vid) that they went to visit Stonehenge via Salisbury on March 3 and March 4 2018, but could not reach it because the roads were closed after recent snowstorms. (Stonehenge was indeed closed during those two days.)
The British government asserts that the two visiting men are agents of the Russian military intelligence service GRU. It says that they applied ‘Novichok’ to the doorknob of Sergej Skripal’s house with the intent to kill the former British spy. The ‘highly deadly’ poison is said to have affected Sergej Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a policeman. All are said to be well by now but all three have been vanished from the public by the British intelligence services.
The alleged GRU men went on, says the British government, to dispose the rest of the ‘Novichok’ in a perfume bottle, the packing sealed in cellophane, which was months later found by some bloke in Salisbury while rummaging through charity boxes. That ‘perfume’ is claimed to have killed the blokes drug addicted girlfriend.
Today’s release of these pictures adds another layer of disinformation to divert the public from the many contradictions in the case the British government presented. It is Novi-Fog™.
Bellingcat, which claims to work with open source material, does not really say how it found the picture at the left. It claims to have had access to “leaked Russian databases” and to have “obtained” Russian passport files without further explanation. It then asserts that the man in the left picture is one Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, who, it says, is a highly decorated officer of the Russian GRU.
Bellingcat concludes that the man known as Ruslan Boshirov in the middle and right picture is indeed the supposed GRU officer in the left picture.
The former British ambassador Craig Murray does not believe that man on the left is the same one as the man in the other pictures. Other people have pointed out various inconsistencies with the pictures, seemingly faked papers, and the whole story presented by Bellingcat.
Elena Evdokimova @elenaevdokimov7 –
@Belligcat’s new opus on #Skripal’s alleged poisoning
- This is becoming hilarious���� Person who filled the alleged passport form also forged the С.С. on the other form- its the SAME handwriting!
Charles Wood @Mare_Indicum –
Bzzzt! #Bellingcrap two images, one of Anatoly Vladimirovich Chepiga, one of Ruslan Boshirov, only get a 75% match using facial recognition software and are classified ‘from different persons’, not even ‘quite look-alike’.
Keep up the futile search guys!
(Follow the links in the above tweets to see the presented evidence and conclusions.)
Moon of Alabama commentator Debs is Dead is likewise unconvinced of the story. The following is his (edited for readability):
I flicked on the beeb news channel as I dragged myself outta the pit this AM and caught the ‘news’ of the Bellingcat claim that Ruslan Boshirov = Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga.
Now I’m fully cognisant of the fact that neither Russia nor Chepiga should feel obliged to prove this claim is untrue, but since whichever way you slice it Chepiga is now ‘blown’, they (Russia/Chepiga) may as well prove the claim is nonsense. The thing being that the boof heads at MI6/CIA would also have worked that out, unless it was a particularly boofed boofhead who put this latest snippet together.
IMO in all likelihood Ruslan Boshirov = Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga is correct. Towards the end of one of the supporting articles that sets out the ‘proof’ Bellingcat mutters something rather odd which seems like it actually detracts from the story – if the ultimate target of this revelation is Colonel Chepiga.
But who really cares about some obscure military intelligence mid-level bloke? […] No one cares about Chepiga, this entire saga is about getting the masses to accept without any deep consideration, that “Putin” the figurehead who (according to western media) micromanages everything evil about Russia, only cares about destroying the life of Jo/Joe Shitkicker where ever in the world Jo/Joe may be.
So the last two paras of the burble runs thusly:
Bellingcat has contacted confidentially a former Russian military officer of similar rank as Colonel Chepiga, in order to receive a reaction to what we found. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed surprise that at least one of the operatives engaged in the operation in Salisbury had the rank of colonel. Even more surprising was the suspects’ prior award of the highest military recognition.
In our source’s words, an operation of this sort would have typically required a lower-ranked, “field operative” with a military rank of “no higher than captain.” The source further surmised that to send a highly decorated colonel back to a field job would be highly extraordinary, and would imply that “the job was ordered at the highest level.”
The logical flaw is obvious of course. If ‘the job’ had been ordered at the highest level surely sending some bloke who had been riding a desk for the last six years is not how it would be handled, the most recently capable operative would be send – either a relatively junior officer or a young but experienced NCO.
However assuming Boshirov = Colonel Chepiga is correct, while he would never be sent to supervise a hit on the ground much less carry it out; it doesn’t take a great stretch to ruminate on the possible tasks a military intelligence colonel would be sent to England for.
There is one obvious task which would explain most credibly what he was in Salisbury for – to give Sergey Skripal confidence that his repatriation was a genuine offer, not some half arsed wish fulfillment plan dreamed up by Yulia and a low level intelligence operator eager to climb into Yulia’s pants.
Two colonels of the GRU, one a highly decorated hero and the other a dodgy turncoat who had come to realise after the nonsense his immediate MI6 superior Pablo Miller, plus his big boss “Mr Steele” had put out about Moscow golden showers, whilst insinuating he, Skripal was party to the fiction, that rapprochement between Russia and England/America was never gonna happen. He was never going to be able to know any of his grandchildren or see his motherland again because US/UK needed ‘evil Russia’ to distract their citizens away from the real evildoing ‘at home’.
Someone used a chess metaphor elsewhere in a thread, well I would say that if the Bellingcat revelation that Ruslan Boshirov = Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, if true, sails close to a checkmate.
If Russia confesses that Ruslan Boshirov = Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, citizens in the west would be denied any explanation as the fishwraps and talking heads would be too busy celebrating Russia’s alleged ‘defeat’ to include any other portion of what Russia had said, especially not an exposition which dealt with everything from the fact that Chepiga & Co arrived too late on Sunday for their poisoned doorknob to have tainted the Skripals who had left the house for the last time hours before and that of all the English towns some idiot chose to squirt this muck around Salisbury was the one where assassination by chemical weapon was the town the least likely to give success since the proximity of Porton Downs guaranteed that some if not all staff at Salisbury Hospital would have been trained in chemical weapon detection and antidote.
On the other side of the coin – panic stations at MI6, on a quiet Sunday it has just been uncovered that an asset was ‘going over’. So some duty officer sent the thug on call for the day over to Porton Downs to grab ‘a little something’ guaranteed to prevent any such nonsense.
End of Debs is Dead’s comment.
Previous Moon of Alabama coverage of the Skripal case: