Russia Dismisses Claims That Spy Poisoning Suspect Is Military Colonel

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Russia sought to dismiss a report identifying one of the suspects in the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury as a highly decorated special service operative.

On Wednesday, two investigative online news organizations reported that one of the men who allegedly smeared poison onto the door handle of defected Russian spy Sergei Skripal was Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, a high-ranking member of the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Thursday dismissed the report in a Facebook post, saying “there is no proof” and that the release was aimed to coincide with an address at the United Nations Security Council by British Prime Minister Theresa May. A spokeswoman for the U.K. Home Office declined to comment on the report, citing an ongoing probe into the matter.

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