In cooperation with their investigative partner Insider (Russia), the Bellingcat team set out to identify the two mysterious men who the UK government said were the main suspects in the Novichok poisonings. By using open source evidence, the journalists identified the real people behind the cover personas.
By Christo Grozev, Roman Dobrokhotov, Daniel Romein
Winner of the European Press Prize 2019 in the category 'Investigative Reporting'
In a preceding report on the investigation into the two suspects in the Skripals poisoning case, Bellingcat and its reporting partner the Insider disclosed the identity of one of the two suspects. The person travelling under the alias of Ruslan Boshirov was identified as GRU’s Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, recipient of Russia’s highest state award.