Real identity uncovered of second Russian linked to Skripal poisoning: Bellingcat

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British authorities said Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were sickened by a Soviet-made 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".

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

Russian Federation has always denied the allegations and claims the suspects are "ordinary civilians".

Bellingcat said the real name of the man previously known as "Alexander Petrov" was Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin.

The second suspect in the Salisbury poisoning case was a doctor and highly decorated Russian military intelligence officer, an investigative website says.

Last month, the website revealed the identity of the other suspect as Col. Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, a special forces veteran, who went by the name to British police as "Ruslan Boshirov".

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The Skripals were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in the southern English town of Salisbury.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was likely ordered at the highest levels of the Russia government, an allegation vehemently rejected by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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.

"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.

The two suspects gave a freaky interview to a Russian TV channel after the United Kingdom government released CCTV footage of their trip to Salisbury around the very time the Skripals were poisoned.

In July, UK woman Dawn Sturgess died from what British police say was contact with the poison which her partner found in a discarded perfume bottle.

The prosecutors said at the time the two were undercover GRU officers.

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