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It is alleged that in 2014 he was in Luhansk under the callsign Elbrus
The man who was hiding under the callsign Elbrus in intercepted telephone conversations about events in eastern Ukraine in 2014, including the crash of a Malaysian Boeing over Donbas, is Russian FSB Colonel Igor Yegorov. Bellingcat, The Insider and der Spiegel said this on Friday..
Egorov reportedly served in the FSB Special Forces Pennant. He participated in the annexation of Crimea, and in the summer of 2014, as the so-called curator of the pro-Russian separatists, was in Lugansk using the call sign Elbrus. Under this pseudonym, he also appears in the materials of the international investigation into the Boeing crash, which was allegedly shot down from a Russian Buk missile launcher on July 17, 2014. He is referred to as a representative of the Russian military command. The identity of Elbrus is not disclosed in the materials of the investigation.
Yegorov also appears in the case of the recently arrested Major General of the Security Service of Ukraine Valery Shaitanov. It is alleged that he was recruited by Yegorov and was preparing an attempt on the life of Adam Osmayev, who fought in the Donbass on the side of Ukraine. It is also alleged that Yegorov met with Shaitanov in European countries, the last such meeting took place in Germany in February this year..
According to the Bellingcat investigation, Yegorov’s trips to Europe in recent years suggest that he was also involved in the affairs of immigrants from Chechnya. Bellingcat recalls the Berlin murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, with the possible involvement of the FSB in the group’s previous investigations.
The investigation also says that the German authorities were ready for Egorov’s arrival in the country in March and were preparing to detain him, but he canceled the trip unclear, due to restrictions in connection with the coronavirus or due to fears of failure.
Bellingcat claims to have identified Egorov as Elbrus a year ago, but how exactly this was not reported..
Previously, the group released investigations about the true identity of the suspects in the assassination attempt on Sergei and Yulia Skripal (this information was later confirmed by the British investigation), as well as about the Boeing crash (Bellingcat’s findings are partially reflected in the investigation materials).
The FSB has not yet commented on the new investigation.