Anatoly Chepiga aka Ruslan Boshirov, Colonel of the Russian GRU and one of the suspects of attempted poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, might have been involved in the 2014 events of Ukraine.
Chepiga run a special operation on taking ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych out of the country, investigative journalist Sergei Kanev told TV station hromadske.ua.
In the spring of 2014, Chepiga commanded a special forces unit that guarded Yanukovych at his residence in Mezhyhirya and later escorted him to Crimea and Russia, Kanev said with reference to his own sources. Chepiga received the title of Hero of Russia for completing the mission, the journalist states. In turn, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that such person was not on the list of the Heroes of Russia.
Sergei Kanev, a former journalist of the Investigations Management Centre (TSUR), was forced to flee Russia on September, 28. Kanev feared of criminal proceedings over his participation in the journalistic investigation into the case of Petrov and Boshirov-Chepiga. Presumably, a provocation against him was to be staged: the journalist could have been accused of planning an attack on president Vladimir Putin.