Publicado: Mar, Octubre 09, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Salisbury poisoning suspect is a doctor who works for Russian intelligence

Salisbury poisoning suspect is a doctor who works for Russian intelligence

Yet analysts will read Bellingcat's latest publication for more clues into the alleged workings of a Russian spy agency at the centre of several global disputes.

It worked with the Russian investigative team at The Insider to name the first of the two Skripal suspects as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga last month.

Bellingcat said on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury in March.

Britain accuses the Russian government of trying to kill Skripal in retribution for his ongoing work with European intelligence agencies.

Bellingcat said it will publish a report on how they managed to identify Mishkin on Tuesday at noon GMT.

Bellingcast said Chepiga was decorated in 2014 with the nation's top award in a secret ceremony at the Kremlin.

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Mishkin was identified there as having been born in July 1979 in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk.

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

Dr Mishkin was born in July 1979 in the village of Loyga in the Archangelsk district of northern Russian Federation, and until September 2014 his registered home address in Moscow was the same as the headquarters of the GRU, Bellingcat said.

"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.

Bellingcat said its "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".

Both suspects have appeared on Russian TV to deny any link to the Salisbury poisonings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the men were civilians who did nothing criminal, and urged them to speak to news outlets.

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