Second Skripal poisoning suspect identified as Dr. Alexander Mishkin

Second Skripal poisoning suspect identified as Dr. Alexander Mishkin

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.

The man, who used the alias Alexander Petrov to travel to the United Kingdom, was unmasked as a trained military doctor employed by the GRU - Russia's military intelligence agency.

Bellingcat says it "conclusively identified" Mishkin from "multiple open sources, testimony from people familiar with the person, as well as copies of personally identifying documents", including his passport.

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 group said it would provide forensic evidence and other information it used to conclude Petrov was Mishkin on Tuesday.

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 Alexander Petrov.

Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March.

It said that Mishkin was born in 1979 in the Archangelsk region in Northern European Russia and was trained as a military doctor for the Russian naval armed forces at one of Russia's elite military medical schools.

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

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Bellingcat said he made multiple trips to Ukraine.

Sergei Skripal - who sold secrets to MI6 - and his daughter Yulia survived being poisoned with Novichok on 4 March.

Skripal, a former GRU colonel, was convicted of treason in 2006 by a Russian court after being accused of spying for Britain.

The British government has blamed Russian Federation for the attack.

They explained that they went to the small town as tourists and had always wanted to see its tower. But the nerve agent killed a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, and seriously sickened her partner.

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.

This is how British authorities discovered the two Russian agents allegedly behind the novichok attack.

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