Petrov and Boshirov went to Salisbury to see the Salisbury Cathedral

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  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
  • Outlet: RT news network (of eight Russian TV channels sponsored by Kremlin) [in Russian: ‘Russia Today’ or ‘Rossiya segodnya’ / «Раша тудэй» или «Россия сегодня»] (TRANSCRIPT of the exclusive interview with Skripal case suspects Petrov & Boshirov made by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan)
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Neither Alexander Petrov nor Ruslan Boshirov named by the UK as Novichok suspects can be regarded as GRU agents

Neither Alexander Petrov nor Ruslan Boshirov named by the UK as suspects in the Skripal case are agents of the GRU (“Main Intelligence Directorate”; older name for the military intelligence service, currently known as “Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”).

Disproof

‘The Insider’ and the research group ‘Bellingcat’ got an access to the files of these two suspects According to the investigation, at least one man’s file contains various “top-secret” markings, which are typically reserved for members of secret services or top state operatives: the Petrov’s passport dossier is marked with a stamp containing the instruction “Do not provide any information”.  A source working in the Russian police force who regularly works with the central database confirmed to Bellingcat and The Insider that they have never seen such a stamp on any passport form in their career  https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/09/14/skripal-poisoning-suspects-passport-data-shows-link-security-services/

As Novaya Gazeta pointed out, the phone number in one of the suspect's documents leads directly to the Ministry of Defence, under which the military intelligence operates: https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2018/09/14/145085-novaya-gazeta-obnaruzhila-dopolnitelnye-dokazatelstva-vozmozhnoy-svyazi-cheloveka-obvinyaemogo-v-otravlenii-skripaley-s-ministerstvom-oborony-rossii

The absolute majority of Orthodox Ukrainians consider themselves to belong to the Moscow Patriarchate

The absolute, overwhelming majority of Orthodox people in Ukraine belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.

 

Disproof

According to the sociological research of the Razumkov Center, since 2014, after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in Donbas, the number of Ukrainian citizens who identify themselves with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which is independent of Russia, has significantly exceeded the number of supporters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the gap is widening. See table on page 17:

Question: To which Orthodox Church do you belong (percentage of those who consider themselves Orthodox)?