Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Bellingcat Names Second Skripal Poisoning Suspect As Russian GRU Agent

Bellingcat Names Second Skripal Poisoning Suspect As Russian GRU Agent

Amy Kellogg has the story.

Investigative group Bellingcat on Monday identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service.

"Based on the body of intelligence, the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU", British Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament at the time.

"During his medical studies, Mishkin was recruited by the GRU, and by 2010 had relocated to Moscow, where he received his undercover identity - including a second national ID and travel passport - under the alias Aleksandr Petrov", the report said.

A still image taken from a video footage and released by RT worldwide news channel on September 13, 2018, shows two Russian men with the same names, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as those accused by Britain over the case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, during an interview at an unidentified location, Russia.

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Bellingcat, a website that covers intelligence matters, had previously identified Boshirov on September 26 as being decorated GRU Colonel Anatoly Chepiga.

Mishkin was said to have made repeated trips to Ukraine and had even stated the GRU headquarters as his home address.

The investigative website Bellingcat has named him as Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin. The group says it will provide forensic evidence and further information Tuesday about how it identified Mishkin.

Britain last month charged two Russian men with the poisoning.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was also hospitalised after coming into contact with the substance at Mr Skripal's home. But the nerve agent killed a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, and seriously sickened her partner.

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

Last week, authorities in the Netherlands alleged the GRU tried and failed into the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Both suspects have appeared on Russian TV to deny any link to the Salisbury poisonings.

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. They said they went to the city to visit its cathedral.

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