Second Suspect in Skripal Poisoning Identified as Russian Intelligence Doctor, Says Report

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Image The suspects spoke to RT about their trip claiming they were tourists

Investigative journalists said Monday they had uncovered the identity of the second Russian man accused of poisoning former Moscow spy Sergei Skripal.

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.

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

In another report, Bellingcat established that "Petrov" was specifically working for Russia's military intelligence, the GRU.

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

Dr Mishkin was then recruited by the secretive GRU, where he was given the undercover identity of Alexander Petrov. United Kingdom officials says they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by Russian intelligence officers.

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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Mishkin was born in July 1979 in the village of Loyga in the Archangelsk district of northern Russian Federation, and until September 2014 his registered home address in Moscow was the same as the headquarters of the GRU, Bellingcat said.

But investigative journalism site Bellingcat has dug into the backgrounds of "Petrov" and "Boshirov", and says it has identified both men's true identities and that they work for the GRU.

Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov give an interview to the RT news channel. However, based on the known rank as of graduation from the Military Medical Academy (Russian military doctors graduate with a rank of senior lieutenant), and the elapsed time (15 years), it can be posited that as the time of the Skripals' poisoning incident he was either a Lt. Colonel or a full Colonel. They said they went to the city to visit its cathedral.

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

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

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was likely ordered at the highest levels of the Russian government, an allegation vehemently rejected by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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