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Skripal attack: Second Salisbury suspect 'decorated' officer

09 October 2018, 05:31 | Erica Roy

The website reports Mishkin travelled to Salisbury under the alias Alexander Petrov

The website reports Mishkin travelled to Salisbury under the alias Alexander Petrov

The UK in early September accused two Russian men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, of attempting to assassinate ex-spy Sergei Skripal with a military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury, England in March 2018. Amy Kellogg has the story.

Bellingcat claims Alexander Miskin, a military doctor working for Russian intelligence, travelled to Salisbury in southern England to target Sergei Skripal, the BBC reports.

Bellingcat said Tuesday that two ex-students of the Military Medical Academy confirmed that Mishkin was the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov.

Mishkin was recruited by the secretive GRU and stationed in Moscow, where he was given the undercover identity of Alexander Petrov, the investigative group said. The Skripals were poisoned by the Russian nerve agent Novichok, and while neither of them died, a British woman was later fatally exposed to the nerve agent.

In late September, Bellingcat reported that "Boshirov" is actually Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, a highly decorated officer with the GRU, Russia's intelligence service.

The two suspects had traveled from Russian Federation to London by plane and then visited Salisbury by train on two successive days including the day the attack happened.

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


The Skripals survived after a lengthy hospital stay in intensive care.

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

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

The Skripal case and last week's revelations that the GRU also allegedly tried to hack into the world's chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands have further tattered Moscow's strained ties with the West.

The two suspects gave a freaky 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.

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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