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Putin’s second hitman UNMASKED: Salisbury spy identified as Russian military doctor

09 October 2018, 05:31 | Devin Moran

The two suspects explain on Russia Today why they were in SalisburyReuters

Reuters

Amy Kellogg has the story.

The second man accused of being behind the nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal has been identified as a Russian military doctor employed by the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service.

"We have now identified "Aleksandr Petrov" to be in fact Dr. Aleksandr Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU", the British-based group said in a report published on its website.

Mishkin trained as a military doctor before joining the GRU, moving to Moscow in 2010, and being assigned the undercover identity of Alexander Petrov, Bellingcat says, citing both public documents and unnamed sources. United Kingdom officials says they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by Russian intelligence officers.

The revelation comes less than two week after his alleged accomplice was named as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga - said to be a more senior officer who has received Russia's highest military award.

Investigative news outlet Bellingcat has tracked down what it says are the true identities of the two suspects, who claim they were only tourists.

Dr Mishkin was born in July 1979 in the village of Loyga in the Archangelsk district of northern Russian Federation, and until September 2014 his registered home address in Moscow was the same as the headquarters of the GRU, Bellingcat said.

Dr Alexander Mishkin goes by the alias "Alexander Petrov".




The Skripals survived after a lengthy hospital stay in intensive care.

Anatoliy Chepiga AKA Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Mishkin AKA Alexander Petrov.

The second suspect in the attempted poisoning of a former Russian secret agent has been identified by an investigative website.

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

British police have said they think the couple was exposed to the substance in June from traces in the bottle that had contained the Novichok used to poison the Skripals months earlier.

The US Justice Department also charged seven GRU officers in an alleged worldwide hacking rampage that targeted more than 250 athletes, a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company, a Swiss chemical laboratory and the chemical weapons watchdog.



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