Skripal attack: Second Salisbury suspect 'decorated' officer

Skripal attack: Second Salisbury suspect 'decorated' officer

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.

At a news conference in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, Bellingcat investigator Cristo Grozev said Mr Mishkin - like Mr Chepiga - was a member of the GRU and given the celebrated award in the autumn of 2014 for "actions in Ukraine".

While Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning.

"Based on the body of intelligence, the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU", British Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament at the time.

During his medical studies he was recruited by GRU, and by 2010 he had relocated to Moscow with a new alias and passport, as Alexander Petrov.

Together with another suspect, earlier identified by Bellingcat to be Anatoliy Chepiga, Mishkin travelled to the British town Salisbury in March 2018 and allegedly poisoned former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Bellingcat said he graduated from one of Russia's elite Military Medical Academies with the qualification to become a doctor for the Russian naval armed forces.




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

Britain last month charged two Russian men with the poisoning.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in Salisbury, and the case prompted the biggest East-West diplomatic expulsions since the Cold War. They said they went to the city to visit its cathedral.

Following the attack in March, a United Kingdom investigation blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning which they've always denied.

Last week, authorities in the Netherlands alleged the GRU tried and failed into the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

But investigative journalism site Bellingcat has dug into the backgrounds of "Petrov" and "Boshirov", and says it has identified both men's true identities and that they work for the GRU.

This is how British authorities discovered the two Russian agents allegedly behind the novichok attack.

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