Russian accused of poisoning ex-spy previously traveled to Israel using alias — report

One of the two Russian men who have been accused of poisoning a Russian ex-spy and his daughter with a chemical nerve agent in the UK earlier this year, had previously visited Israel using an alias, according to a report on the website Bellingcat.

Bellingcat and Russian publication The Insider’s joint analysis of the leaked passport documents, belonging to the men identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, prove the two were employed by Russia’s security services, the report says.

Petrov’s passport shows a number of trips between Moscow and various European cities. In July 2016, the report says Petrov travels to Kazakhstan, where he told authorities he was en route to Beijing. His whereabouts for the next two weeks are unknown, but Petrov showed up again on a flight from Tel Aviv to Moscow 15 days later.

Their findings were not independently confirmed.

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