FSB nabs border guard for "selling" data on Petrov, Boshirov's trips – Russian media

14:00, 30 October 2018
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The first one is believed to have sold information about border crossings of the two Salisbury poisoning suspects Mishkin and Chepiga aka "Petrov" and "Boshirov", as well as a number of other persons, Rosbalt reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation.

The arrests took place as part of a special raid to prevent leaks from confidential government databases. Over 60 searches were carried out.

A number of cases have been initiated under the Criminal Code's Article 183 (illegal receipt and disclosure of information constituting commercial, tax or bank secrecy), Article 203 (abuse of authority by a private detective), and Article 137 (violation of privacy).

However, according to the source, all the criminal cases initiated are in no way connected with "Salisbury tourists."

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"They deal with information leaks related to other persons," the agency source said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, two senior GRU operatives - now identified as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, a military doctor - were despatched to Salisbury to carry out the novichok nerve agent attack against a spy turncoat Sergei Skripal on March 4. Russia has formally denied any involvement.

Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, survived the attack where a military grade nerve agent was smeared on a front door handle of Mr Skripal's Salisbury house.

However, Dawn Sturgess, a local resident, died when she sprayed on herself the nerve agent contained in a fake perfume bottle that the hitmen got rid of.

Chepiga and Mishkin - under the fake personas of Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov - have been charged in absentia with the nerve agent attack.

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