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Reporters: Number in suspect's file reached Russian military

This combination photo made available by the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday Sept. 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov, left, and Ruslan Boshirov. British prosecutors have charged the two Russian men with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 15, 2018

MOSCOW — Two journalists say the passport file of one of the suspects in the poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in England contains a telephone number that appears to belong to Russia's Defense Ministry.

Belligcat, an online investigative organization headquartered in England, published a phone number Friday that it said came from what it described as the passport records of Alexander Petrov, one of the two men British authorities charged in the poisonings and alleged were Russian military intelligence agents.

The number does not bear a city code. Oliver Carroll of British newspaper The Independent and Patrick Reevell of ABC News tweeted they called it using a Moscow prefix and the person who answered said they'd reached a Defense Ministry number.

Calls to the number from The Associated Press were not answered Saturday.

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