Wednesday, 12 December, 2018


Bellingcat investigators say second Skripal poisoning suspect identified

Reuters The two suspects explain on Russia Today why they were in SalisburyReuters
Bennie Garza | 09 October, 2018, 17:31

Mishkin and Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, the other suspect who used the alias Ruslan Boshirov, are believed to have carried out the March novichok attack after they were captured on CCTV in Salisbury. Amy Kellogg has the story.

Mishkin, 39, trained as a military doctor in Russia's intelligence agency GRU.

Both he and another man are wanted for attempted murder for a Novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Last month, Bellingcat named the first suspect in the poisoning scandal as Anatoliy Chepiga.

One theory suggested by British intelligence was that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to publically punish the two men for both fumbling their assignment and getting caught.

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.

"In the period 2011-2018, Alexander Mishkin travelled extensively under his new identity".

The group says it will provide forensic evidence and further information about how it identified Dr Mishkin on Tuesday (local time). They said they went to the city to visit its cathedral.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was also hospitalised after coming into contact with the substance at Mr Skripal's home.

In June, a British citizen, Dawn Sturgess, died and her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, fell ill when they stumbled across remnants of the poison in a town near Salisbury.

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

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.

In reaction to Bellingcat's latest report, British police said they would not comment on speculation regarding the real identities of those charged with poisoning the Skripals.

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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