One of many two suspects within the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a educated physician who works for Russian army intelligence and traveled to Britain underneath an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday.
Bellingcat mentioned on its web site that the person British authorities recognized as Alexander Petrov is definitely Alexander Mishkin, a health care provider working for the Russian army intelligence unit often known as GRU.
British officers mentioned after they introduced expenses towards two Russians within the March nerve agent assault on Sergei Skripal and his daughter that they believed Petrov was an assumed identify.
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The opposite suspect additionally traveled to Salisbury, England, underneath an alias — Ruslan Boshirov — and is the truth is a embellished Russian agent named Anatoliy Chepiga, Bellingcat reported final month.
The poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian agent who was convicted of spying for Britain, grew to become a significant worldwide incident. British authorities mentioned Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, have been sickened by a Soviet-made nerve agent.
British Prime Minister Theresa Could mentioned the assault was possible ordered on the highest ranges of the Russia authorities, an allegation vehemently rejected by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The Skripals survived after a prolonged hospital keep in intensive care. However the nerve agent killed a British girl, Daybreak Sturgess, and severely sickened her companion. British police have mentioned they suppose the couple was uncovered to the substance in June from traces within the bottle that had contained the Novichok used to poison the Skripals months earlier.
The Bellingcat report says Mishkin, the physician it mentioned works for Russian intelligence, was born in 1979 within the Archangelsk District in northern Russia and graduated from the elite Navy Medical Academies, the place he was educated for medical work within the Russian navy.
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Mishkin was recruited by the secretive GRU and stationed in Moscow, the place he was given the undercover identification of Alexander Petrov, the investigative group mentioned.
Bellingcat mentioned he made a number of journeys to Ukraine. The group says it’ll present forensic proof and additional details about the way it recognized Mishkin on Tuesday.
Each suspects have appeared on Russian TV to disclaim any hyperlink to the Salisbury poisonings. They mentioned they went to the town to go to its cathedral.