An investigation by Bellingcat identifies at the very least eight FSB operatives who had been allegedly behind the poisoning in August of the Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny. The staff shadowed Navalny on greater than 30 journeys, Bellingcat reported, citing cellphone and journey knowledge.
Three FSB officers adopted Navalny to Novosibirsk. They then trailed him to town of Tomsk, the place, in line with German docs, he was poisoned with novichok. The officers are members of what’s described as a clandestine FSB poisoning unit.
They’ve completely different backgrounds: drugs, chemical and organic warfare, particular operations. The sub-unit’s obvious objective was to eradicate individuals deemed by the Russian state to be enemies, Bellingcat stated. It primarily based its evaluation on “voluminous” cellphone information and different proof.
The three operatives who flew to Siberia on the time when Navalny was poisoned on August 20 2020 had been:
Alexey Alexandrov, 40, a medical physician
Alexey Alexandrov, cowl title “Alexey Frolov”. Born 16 June 1981. Alexandrov graduated in 2006 from medical faculty in Moscow. He labored as an emergency physician and later as a army physician earlier than becoming a member of the FSB in 2013. He was current in Siberia in August and at a earlier obvious try and poison Navalny one month earlier in Kaliningrad. Alexandrov operated underneath deep cowl with a faux title and burner telephones. This led Bellingcat to establish Alexandrov/Frolov because the “key subject operative” within the FSB’s latest makes an attempt to kill Navalny.
Ivan Osipov, 44, a medical physician
Osipov used the duvet title Ivan “Spiridonov”. He was born on 21 August 1976. His social media presence disappeared in 2012, which is more likely to be when he joined the FSB.
Vladimir Panyaev, 40
Vladimir Panyaev was born on 25 November 1980 in Serdobsk, in Russia’s Penza area. He served within the FSB’s border service. He then co-founded an organization promoting antibacterial lamps, earlier than becoming a member of the FSB’s Criminalistics Institute – often known as its poisons manufacturing unit. He lives in the identical Moscow condominium constructing as Navalny. Bellingcat believes this can be a “surreal” coincidence. After Navalny’s poisoning in Tomsk, his registration deal with was modified to that of the FSB’s Lubyanka headquarters in central Moscow.
No less than 5 different FSB figures from the identical unit supported the Navalny operation:
Col Stanislav Makshakov, a army scientist
Makshakov allegedly supervised the Navalny plot and ran the seven operatives who carried it out. He frequently communicated with the FSB squad, Bellingcat reported, citing cellphone information. Makshakov beforehand labored on the State Natural Synthesis Institute within the closed army city of Shikhany-1, often known as army unit 61469. Soviet scientists developed novichok within the Nineteen Seventies within the institute’s secret laboratories. Makshakov experiences to Gen Kirill Vasilyev, director of the FSB Criminalistics Institute, in line with Bellingcat. Vasilyev is subordinate to Maj Gen Vladimir Bogdanov, former chief of the Criminalistics Institute and deputy director of the FSB’s Scientific-Technical Service. Vasilyev’s superior is the FSB’s director Alexander Bortnikov. He in flip experiences to … Vladimir Putin.
Oleg Tayakin, 40
Cowl title Oleg “Tarasov”, born 6 December 1980. Senior member of the poisoning squad. He sometimes coordinates different officers. He served at an FSB-affiliated spetsnaz or particular operations base within the southern Russian city of Yessentuki, in addition to within the space-force army unit 03523. In 2004 Tayakin graduated from the Pirogov medical academy in Moscow. He labored as a surgeon earlier than becoming a member of the FSB’s Criminalistics Institute.
Konstantin Kudryavtsev, 41
Cowl title Konstantin “Sokolov”. Born 11 April 1979. He served at a chemical warfare army unit in Shikhany. Kudryavtsev graduated from Russia’s Navy Chemical-Organic Defence academy earlier than becoming a member of the Institute.
Alexey Krivoschekov, 41
Born 11 April 1979. Labored on the ministry of defence previous to becoming a member of the FSB in or round 2008.
Mikhail Shvets, 43
Cowl title Mikhail “Stepanov”, born 3 Could 1977. His present registered Moscow deal with is at 116 Trubetskaya Road – the deal with of the FSB’s Centre for Particular Operations. The bottom is linked to Vadim Krasikov, whom the German authorities accuse of homicide. Krasikov spent a number of days on the base, in line with Bellingcat, earlier than travelling to Berlin, the place he shot lifeless a Chechen-Georgian separatist. Metadata suggests Shvets divides his time between working within the particular operations base and the Criminalistics Institute.