Novichok attack: Second Sergei Skripal poisoning suspect named as Russian military doctor by UK media
Images from Bellingcat show Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin at different ages. (AP: Bellingcat)
The second of two Russians who Britain says poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has been named as a military doctor for Russian intelligence by a UK investigative website.
- Bellingcat says Dr Mishkin was given the alias Alexander Petrov by Russian intelligence
- His registered home address in Moscow was same as GRU headquarters
- London police refuse to comment on speculation over the suspects
Bellingcat named him as Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, 39, who was charged by Britain last month under the name of Alexander Petrov.
British prosecutors charged Mr Petrov and another man they named as Ruslan Boshirov with attempted murder for the Novichok nerve agent attack on the Skripals in the English city of Salisbury in March, but said they believed the suspects had used aliases to enter Britain.
Bellingcat last month identified Mr Boshirov as a colonel in the Russian military intelligence body GRU, whose real name was Anatoliy Chepiga.
London police said they would not comment on speculation about the real identities of the two men facing charges, in response to a query about the latest Bellingcat report, and repeated they believed the men had used aliases.
Dr Mishkin was born in July 1979 in the village of Loyga in the Archangelsk district of northern Russia, and until September 2014 his registered home address in Moscow was the same as the headquarters of the GRU, Bellingcat said.
“Bellingcat’s identification process included multiple open sources, testimony from people familiar with the person, as well as copies of personally identifying documents, including a scanned copy of his passport,” the website said.
Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal both survived the attack. (AP: Misha Japaridze (L)
Facebook: Yulia Skripal (R))
The Bellingcat report says Dr Mishkin, a doctor it said works for Russian intelligence, graduated from the elite Military Medical Academies, where he was trained for medical work in the Russian navy.
Dr Mishkin was then recruited by the secretive GRU, where he was given the undercover identity of Alexander Petrov.
Bellingcat said he made multiple trips to Ukraine.
The group says it will provide forensic evidence and further information about how it identified Dr Mishkin on Tuesday (local time).
His GRU rank was unknown, it added.
Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning, and the two men have said publicly they were tourists who had flown to London for fun and visited Salisbury to see its cathedral.