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Real identity uncovered of second Russian linked to Skripal poisoning: Bellingcat

Real identity uncovered of second Russian linked to Skripal poisoning: Bellingcat”

They say it is the real name of Alexander Petrov, who the British government named as one of their key suspects, alongside Ruslan Boshirov, whose real name was revealed to be Anatoliy Chepiga. Amy Kellogg has the story.

Two weeks ago, the British investigative website Bellingcat identified Boshirov at Anatoliy Chepiga, a high ranking colonel in the Russian military intelligence agency GRU, and on Monday evening, Bellingcat said Petrov is really Alexander Mishkin, a Russian doctor employed by GRU.

The controversial group said that Petrov's real name is Aleksandr Mishkin and he is "a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU", the Russian military intelligence service. British officials said when they brought charges in the March nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter that they believed Petrov was an assumed name.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury in March.

The home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal on Christie Miller Rd in Salisbury, Wiltshire under police guard.

The investigative team at Bellingcat said the identification process included multiple open sources, testimony from people familiar with the suspect, as well as copies of personally identifying documents, including a scanned copy of his passport.

Bellingcat named him as Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, 39, who was charged by Britain last month under the name of Alexander Petrov.

Until September 2014 his registered home address was the same as the headquarters of the GRU in Moscow.

The Bellingcat report says Mishkin, the doctor it said works for Russian intelligence, 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.

Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov give an interview to the RT news channel.

Bellingcat said he made multiple trips to Ukraine.

There, they allegedly poisoned Skripal, who was a former Russian intelligence officer turned double agent, using a rare chemical nerve agent called Novichok.

They explained that they went to the small town as tourists and had always wanted to see its tower.

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

"He is just a scumbag", Putin said of Skripal.



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