Salisbury novichok attack: Second suspect in Skripal poisoning identified as Russian doctor Alexander Mishkin

By On October 08, 2018

Salisbury novichok attack: Second suspect in Skripal poisoning identified as Russian doctor Alexander Mishkin

The second suspect in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury has been named as Russian military doctor Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, by investigative website Bellingcat.

Earlier this month the website named the first suspect as Anatoliy Chepiga, a military colonel who had been the recipient of Russia’s highest state award.

The pair have been accused by British police of attempting to assassinate the Skripals with the cold-war era nerve agent novichok.

Following the accusation, the two men, who had been travelling with documents naming them as Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, said they had travelled from Russia to Salisbury to see the city’s cathedral.

Theresa May said the attack was “almost certainly” approved by senior members of the Kremlin, but she did not directly accuse Vladimir Putin.

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, Reuters reports.

Bellingcat said Dr Mishkin is “a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU” â€" Russia’s military intelligence agency, and published a scanned copy of his passport.

They said he 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.

The site says: “During his medical studies, Mishkin was recruited by the GRU, and by 2010 had relocated to Moscow, where he r eceived his undercover identity â€" including a second national ID and travel passport â€" under the alias Alexander Petrov.”

The report added: “In the period 2011-2018, Alexander Mishkin travelled extensively under his new identity.”

leftCreated with Sketch. rightCreated with Sketch. ShapeCreated with Sketch.Police release images of suspects in connection with Salisbury attack

1 /19 CCTV â€" Salisbury train station

The two suspects charged in relation to the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal at Salisbury train station at 16:11hrs on 03 March 2018 Metropolitan Police

2/19 Suspects

Suspects Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, Russian nationals, approximately 40 years old, who travelled on a Russian passport. It is likely that they were travelling under aliases and that these are not their real names Metropolitan Police

3/19 Evidence

Bottle and applicator recovered by po lice from Charlie Rowley’s address in Muggleton Road Metropolitan Police

4/19 Evidence

A counterfeit perfume box that was discovered by nerve agent victim Charlie Rowley, who later gave it, and the bottle inside, to his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess Metropolitan Police/AFP/Getty

5/19

Rowley has previously said he felt lucky to be alive after giving a perfume bottle that contained the nerve agent Novichok to his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, who later died Metropolitan Police/AFP/Getty

6/19 Suspeccts

The CPS has issued European Arrest Warrants for the extradition of 'Boshirov' and 'Petrov' in connection with the Novichok poisoning attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March Metropolitan Police/PA

7/19 CCTV â€" ‘Boshirov' at Gatwick airport

Movements in detail - At 3pm on Friday, 2 March, the suspects arrived at Gatwick airport, having flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588 Metropolitan Police

8/19 CCTV â€" ‘Petrov’ at Gatwick airport

From the airport it is believed that they travelled by train into London, arriving at Victoria station at approximately 5.40pm Metropolitan Police

9/19 CCTV â€" Salisbury train station, 11:48hrs on 4 March 2018

They then travelled on London public transport to Waterloo station and were in the area between approximately 6pm and 7pm. They travelled to the City Stay Hotel in Bow Road, East London, where they stayed on Friday, 2 March, and Saturday, 3 March. On Saturday, 3 March, they left the hotel and took the underground to Waterloo station, arriving at approximately 11.45am, where they caught a train to Salisbury, arriving at approximately 2.25pm Metropolitan Police

10/19 City Stay Hotel in Bow Road

Police officers stand outside the City Stay Hotel in Bow where on Sunday, 4 March, 'Boshirov' and 'Petrov' made the same journey from the hotel as they did the previous day, again using the underground from Bow to Waterloo station at approximately 8.05am, before continuing their journey by train to Salisbury Getty

11/19 CCTV â€" Wilton Road, Salisbury, 11:58hrs on 4 March 2018

CCTV shows them in the vicinity of Mr Skripal’s house and we believe that they conta minated the front door with Novichok Metropolitan Police

12/19 CCTV â€" Fisherton Road

CCTV image of both suspects on Fisherton Road, Salisbury at 13:05hrs on 4 March, 2018 Metropolitan Police

13/19 CCTV â€" Salisbury train station, 13:50hrs on 4 March 2018

They left Salisbury and returned to Waterloo Station, arriving at approximately 4.45pm and boarded the London Underground at approximately 6.30pm to London Heathrow Airport Metropolitan Police

14/19 CCTV â€" Heathrow airport security, 19:28hrs on 4 March 2018

From Heathrow Airport, they returned to Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2585, departing at 10.30pm Metropolitan Police/PA

15/19 Scene investigations

The police investigation was carried out over 6 months. Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in a critical condition on a bench outside the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury AFP/Getty

16/19 Victims

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia Rex

17/19 Victims

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who rushed to the aid of the Skripals was also taken to hospital in a serious condition after falling ill when attempting to help them PA

18/19 Victims

Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three, died after falling ill when partner Charlie Rowley gave her a perfume bottle that contained the nerve agent Novichok Facebook/Dawn Sturge ss/Charles Rowley/AFP/Getty

19/19 Scene investigations

The home of Charlie Rowley in Muggleton Road, Amesbury, where he and Dawn Sturgess were exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok PA

1/19 CCTV â€" Salisbury train station

The two suspects charged in relation to the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal at Salisbury train station at 16:11hrs on 03 March 2018 Metropolitan Police

2/19 Suspects

Suspects Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, Russian nationals, approximately 40 years old, who travelled on a Russian passport. It is likely that they were travelling under aliases and that these are not their real names Metropolitan Police

3/19 Evidence

Bottle and applicator recovered by police from Charlie Rowley’s address in Muggleton Road Metropolitan Police

4/19 Evidence

A counterfeit perfume box that was discovered by nerve agent victim Charlie Rowley, who later gave it, and the bottle inside, to h is girlfriend Dawn Sturgess Metropolitan Police/AFP/Getty

5/19

Rowley has previously said he felt lucky to be alive after giving a perfume bottle that contained the nerve agent Novichok to his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, who later died Metropolitan Police/AFP/Getty

6/19 Suspeccts

The CPS has issued European Arrest Warrants for the extradition of 'Boshirov' and 'Petrov' in connection with the Novichok poisoning attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March Metropolitan Police/PA

7/19 CCTV â€" ‘Boshirov' at Gatwick airport

Movements in detail - At 3pm on Friday, 2 March, the suspects arrived at Gatwick airport, having flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588 Metropolitan Police

8/19 CCTV â€" ‘Petrov’ at Gatwick airport

From the airport it is believed that they travelled by train into London, arriving at Victoria station at approximately 5.40pm Metropolitan Police

9/19 CCTV â€" Salisbury train station, 11:48hrs on 4 March 2018

They then travelled on London public transport to Waterloo station and were in the area between approximately 6pm and 7pm. They travelled to the City Stay Hotel in Bow Road, East London, where they stayed on Friday, 2 March, and Saturday, 3 March. On Saturday, 3 March, they left the hotel and took the underground to Waterloo station, arriving at approximately 11.45am, where they caught a train to Salisbury, arriving at approximately 2.25pm Metropolitan Police

10/19 City Stay Hotel in Bow Road

Police officers stand outside the City Stay Hotel in Bow where on Sunday, 4 March, 'Boshirov' and 'Petrov' m ade the same journey from the hotel as they did the previous day, again using the underground from Bow to Waterloo station at approximately 8.05am, before continuing their journey by train to Salisbury Getty

11/19 CCTV â€" Wilton Road, Salisbury, 11:58hrs on 4 March 2018

CCTV shows them in the vicinity of Mr Skripal’s house and we believe that they contaminated the front door with Novichok Metropolitan Police

12/19 CCTV â€" Fisherton Road

CCTV image of both suspects on Fisherton Road, Salisbury at 13:05hrs on 4 March, 2018 Metropolitan Police

13/19 CCTV â€" Salisbury train station, 13:50hrs on 4 March 2018

They left Salisbury and returned to Waterloo Station, arriving at approximately 4.45pm and boarded the London Underground at approximately 6.30pm to London Heathrow Airport Metropolitan Police

14/19 CCTV â€" Heathrow airport security, 19:28hrs on 4 March 2018

From Heathrow Airport, they returned to Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2585, departing at 10.30pm Metropolitan Police/PA

15/19 Scene investigations

The police investigation was carried out over 6 months. Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in a critical condition on a bench outside the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury AFP/Getty

16/19 Victims

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia Rex

17/19 Victims

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who rushed to the aid of the Skripals was also taken to hospital in a serious condition after falling ill when attempting to help them PA

18/19 Victims

Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three, died after falling ill when partner Charlie Rowley gave her a perfume bottle that contained the nerve agent Novichok Facebook/Dawn Sturgess/Charles Rowley/AFP/Getty

19/19 Scene investigations

The home of Charlie Rowley in Muggleton Road, Amesbury, where he and Dawn Sturgess were exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok PA

Dr Mishkin is believed to have changed little about his alias, keeping the same first name, birth date and first names of his parents.

“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.

Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning.

Source: Google News Russia | Neti zen 24 Russia

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