Smirking Salisbury ‘hitman’ is unmasked as decorated GRU colonel

The smirking Salisbury hitman wanted for poisoning Sergei Skripal has been unmasked as a decorated GRU colonel who was awarded Russian military’s highest honour by Vladimir Putin after his service in Chechnya and Ukraine

The real identity of one of the two assassins, named by police as as Ruslan Boshirov, is reportedly Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.

The 39-year-old was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of the President during a secret ceremony in 2014, The Telegraph reported.


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