Bellingcat investigators say second Skripal poisoning suspect identified

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The second of two Russians who Britain says poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has been named as a military doctor for Russian intelligence by a United Kingdom investigative website.

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.

As in Boshirov's case, the group also relied upon "multiple open sources" and "testimony from people familiar with the person" in question.

Last month Bellingcat said it had identified the first suspect, originally identified under the name Ruslan Boshirov, as Anatoliy Chepiga and obtained leaked files that show Chepiga was deployed to Chechnya three times and included old passport photos of his, which resemble the man British authorities named as Boshirov.

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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.

Using this identity, Alexander Petrov, travelled extensively to several European countries including Ukraine and Moldova.

"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", Bellingcat said. 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.

The second man believed to be behind a nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, has been identified as a Russian military doctor.

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Bellingcat has identified multiple trips to Ukraine and to the self-declared Transnistrian Republic, the last of which as late as during the Maidan events in Kyiv in December 2013.

The Skripals were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in the southern English town of Salisbury.

The home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal on Christie Miller Rd in Salisbury, Wiltshire under police guard. But the nerve agent killed a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, and seriously sickened her partner.

Footage released by London police of the two suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

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Anatoliy Chepiga AKA Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Mishkin AKA Alexander Petrov. They said they went to the city to visit its cathedral.

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