Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Second Skripal poisoning suspect revealed as 'Russian doctor'

Bellingcat shared additional images of the doctor Image Bellingcat shared additional images of the doctor
Kenny Thornton | 09 October, 2018, 17:31

British police said they would not comment on speculation about the real identities of the two men facing charges, in response to a query about the latest report.

The second of two Russians who Britain says poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has been named as a military doctor for Russian intelligence by a United Kingdom investigative website.

Both he and another man are wanted for attempted murder for a Novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

The suspect previously known as Alexander Petrov is actually Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor employed as an undercover officer for Russian military intelligence, known as GRU, citizen journalism agency Bellingcat reported.

Last month, the website revealed the identity of the other suspect as Col. Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, a special forces veteran, who went by the name to British police as "Ruslan Boshirov".

Mishkin traveled extensively under the name Petrov between 2011 and 2018, including multiple trips to Ukraine and to the self-declared Transnistrian Republic, Bellingcat reported. The group says it will provide forensic evidence and further information Tuesday about how it identified Mishkin.

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The Skripals survived after a lengthy hospital stay in intensive care. But the nerve agent killed a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, and seriously sickened her partner.

"Until early September 2014, Mishkin's registered home address in Moscow was Khoroshevskoe Shosse 76B - the address of the headquarters of the GRU", Bellingcat's investigation concluded.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT's editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals' poisoning.

The use of a banned nerve agent produced by the Soviet Union during the Cold War in a small English city has focused attention on the GRU, a Russian military intelligence unit that Western officials say is linked to a number of recent computer security hacks.

Russian Federation denies any involvement in the poisoning, and the two men have said publicly they were tourists who had flown to London for fun and visited Salisbury to see its cathedral.

Both suspects appeared on Russian state TV last month, proclaiming their innocence.

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