Russian GRU officer involved in poisonings in Europe worked as diplomat in Geneva – report

Yegor Gordiyenko, a member of the Russian military intelligence group that poisoned businessman Emilian Gebrev in Bulgaria, worked under diplomatic cover at the Russian Mission to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, a joint investigation report by OSINT group Bellingcat, Swiss website Tamedia and Russian media project The Insider reads.

The GRU officer is known under the name of Georgiy Gorshakov. He is the first Russian diplomat to be suspected of participating in such a grave crime. Being in Bulgaria together with ауддщц щаашсук Denis Sergeyev (aka Sergei Fedotov) in April-May 2015, he was seeking to kill local entrepreneur Gebrev, The Insider reports.

According to the investigative journalists’ version, Gordiyenko-Gorshakov also had a hand in the attempted poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury (UK). He was also spotted in Crimea in the spring of 2014, when Russia was annexing the peninsula. The man was put on the Interpol list.

After investigative journalists published the report, the GRU officer has hurriedly left Geneva for Moscow.