Second Sergei Skripal 'poisoner' identified as Russian military doctor

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

They say it is the real name of Alexander Petrov, who the British government named as one of their key suspects, alongside Ruslan Boshirov, whose real name was revealed to be Anatoliy Chepiga. Amy Kellogg has the story.

The site announced today that the man identified as Alexander Petrov (on the right above) is actually a military doctor named Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin who works with Russia's intelligence service, the GRU.

Investigative websites Bellingcat and The Insider, which is based in Russian Federation, say the second suspect is called Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin.

"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.

Both he and another man are wanted for attempted murder for a Novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

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

Russia has denied any involvement in the case and has claimed the two Russians were in Salisbury on a tourist trip.

He studied and graduated from a military medical academy in Russia and then trained as a doctor for the Russian armed naval forces.

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"In the period 2011-2018, Alexander Mishkin travelled extensively under his new identity".

Britain last month charged two Russian men with the poisoning.

The father and daughter survived after a lengthy hospital stay in intensive care.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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