Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Real identity of second Russian linked to Skripal poisoning revealed by Bellingcat

Real identity of second Russian linked to Skripal poisoning revealed by Bellingcat

British authorities charged Boshirov and Petrov with the March poisoning of Skripal and his daughter in which they were attacked with the nerve agent novichok, which officials say was spread on a door knob to their home in Salisbury. Amy Kellogg has the story.

The second of two Russians who Britain blames for the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was named by investigative website Bellingcat on Monday as a military doctor for Russia's GRU intelligence service.

During his medical studies he was recruited by GRU, and by 2010 he had relocated to Moscow with a new alias and passport, as Alexander Petrov.

Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, 39, used the alias Alexander Petrov, which includes his real first name and also put down his actual date of birth and his parents' names, it emerged last night.

The two suspects had traveled from Russian Federation to London by plane and then visited Salisbury by train on two successive days including the day the attack happened.

At a news conference in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, Bellingcat investigator Cristo Grozev said Mr Mishkin - like Mr Chepiga - was a member of the GRU and given the celebrated award in the autumn of 2014 for "actions in Ukraine".

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in Salisbury, and the case prompted the biggest East-West diplomatic expulsions since the Cold War.

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Bellingcat's latest investigation said Mishkin was born in 1979 in the Archangelsk District in northern Russia and graduated from the elite Military Medical Academies, where he was trained for medical work in the Russian navy.

Last month, the United Kingdom charged the two Russians with conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in June after being exposed to the same weapons-grade nerve agent after it was apparently discarded.

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

The two suspects gave a weird interview to a Russian TV channel after the United Kingdom government released CCTV footage of their trip to Salisbury around the very time the Skripals were poisoned. They said they went to the city to visit its cathedral.

The prosecutors said at the time the two were undercover GRU officers.

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