Anatoliy Chepiga

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Anatoliy Chepiga
Native name
Анатолий Владимирович Чепига
Birth nameAnatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga
Nickname(s)Ruslan Boshirov
Born (1979-04-05) 5 April 1979 (age 40)
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union Russia
ServiceMain Intelligence Directorate
RankPolkovnik (equiv. Colonel)
Battles/warsSecond Chechen War, Russian military intervention in Ukraine (2014–present)

Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga (Russian: Анатолий Владимирович Чепига, born 5 April 1979) is a colonel in the Russian General Staff′s Main Directorate (also known as GRU), the military intelligence service of the Russian Federation. He is reported to have served in the Second Chechen War and the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.[1] In 2014, Chepiga received the order of Hero of the Russian Federation,[2] the highest honour awarded by the President of Russia.[3] Chepiga was reportedly in the Czech Republic in October 2014, using the name Ruslan Boshirov.[4][5]

Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider claimed that Chepiga was one of the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and the killing of Dawn Sturgess, having travelled to the United Kingdom under the alias Ruslan Boshirov.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Skripal Suspect Boshirov Identified as GRU Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga". 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ДВОКУ". (in Russian). Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Skripal suspect 'was made Hero of Russia' by President Putin". 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via
  4. ^ Kroupa, Janek; Chaloupská, Markéta (October 10, 2018). "Russians accused of poisoning agent Skripal were secretly in the Czech Republic". iROZHLAS. The second man operated under the name Ruslan Boshirov. His real name per British media is Anatoliy Chepiga and he is an officer of GRU. He visited Prague on October 11, 2014.
  5. ^ Bellingcat Investigation Team (October 24, 2018). "Dali, Warhol, Boshirov: Determining the Time of an Alleged Photograph from Skripal Suspect Chepiga". Bellingcat.
  6. ^ "Skripal Suspect Boshirov Identified as GRU Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga". 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Солберецкие, часть третья. «Бошировым» оказался «Герой России», полковник ГРУ Анатолий Чепига" [Solberetskys, Part Three. "BOSHIROV" turned out to be "Hero of Russia", Colonel of the GRU Anatoly Chepiga]. The Insider. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  8. ^ Roth, Andrew; Dodd, Vikram (26 September 2018). "Salisbury poisoning suspect identified as Russian colonel". the Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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