Second poisoning suspect ID’d as military doctor who works for Russian GRU

Second poisoning suspect ID’d as military doctor who works for Russian GRU

Second poisoning suspect ID’d as military doctor who works for Russian GRU

The British government has blamed Russian Federation for the attack.

British police have said they think the couple was exposed to the substance in June from traces in the bottle that had contained the Novichok used to poison the Skripals months earlier.

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.

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

While Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning.

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Bellingcat said Chepiga was decorated in 2014 with the nation's top award in a secret ceremony at the Kremlin.

Second suspect, named as Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, was given Russia's highest honour by the President himself, according to The Bellingcat.

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.

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.

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

"While Alexander Mishkin's true persona has an even sparser digital footprint than Anatoliy Chepiga's, Bellingcat has been able to establish certain key facts from his background", Bellingcat said.

The two suspects gave a weird interview to a Russian TV channel after the United Kingdom government released CCTV footage of their trip to Salisbury around the very time the Skripals were poisoned.

Putin on October 3 said that Skripal was a "scumbag" who had betrayed his country.

Putin was himself a foreign intelligence officer who was based in the German city of Dresden in the years leading up to the Soviet Union's collapse.

The US Justice Department also charged seven GRU officers in an alleged global 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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