Second suspect in poisoning of ex-Russian spy named

The passport of Alexander Mishkin who had been named as Alexander Petrov

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal became critically ill after being exposed to a nerve agent in March.

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

The website alleges Miskin travelled under the alias Alexander Petrov.

The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russian Federation.

On Monday, Bellingcat reported that the real name of "Petrov" is Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, "a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU".

It worked with the Russian investigative team at The Insider to name the first of the two Skripal suspects as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga last month.

Last month, Bellingcat named the first suspect as Anatoliy Chepiga, a claim also rejected by Russian Federation.

Dr 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.




Last month, the United Kingdom charged the two Russians with conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.

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 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.

They were found unconscious on a bench outside the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury.

A woman later died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle which police believe had been used to smuggle the nerve agent into Britain.

Last week four GRU operatives left a trail of...

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

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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