Christo Grozev is lead Russia investigator with Bellingcat, focusing on security threats, extraterritorial clandestine operations, and the weaponization of information. He received the European Press Prize in 2018 for his investigation into the Skripal poisoners, and his identification of the poisoners of Alexei Navalny poisoners earned him the 2020 Nannen Prize for investigative journalism.
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Upon his arrest, the killer insisted he was 50-year-old Vadim Sokolov and claimed he was just a tourist who had come to see Berlin after visiting Paris and Warsaw. However, a series of investigations spearheaded by Bellingcat showed that Sokolov was a nonexistent persona.