Bellingcat investigators say second Skripal poisoning suspect identified

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The investigative group Bellingcat is reporting that one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a doctor who works for Russian military intelligence.

The man, who used the alias Alexander Petrov to travel to the United Kingdom, was unmasked as a trained military doctor employed by the GRU - Russia's military intelligence agency.

The website said it discovered Mishkin's real identity after obtaining a scanned copy of his passport.

Mishkin was said to have made repeated trips to Ukraine and had even stated the GRU headquarters as his home address.

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.

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Russian Federation 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.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was also hospitalised after coming into contact with the substance at Mr Skripal's home.

Second suspect, named as Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, was given Russia's highest honour by the President himself, according to The Bellingcat.

In June, a British citizen, Dawn Sturgess, died and her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, fell ill when they stumbled across remnants of the poison in a town near Salisbury.

The group said it would provide forensic evidence and other information it used to conclude Petrov was Mishkin on Tuesday.

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In reaction to Bellingcat's latest report, British police said they would not comment on speculation regarding the real identities of those charged with poisoning the Skripals.

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

Anatoliy Chepiga AKA Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Mishkin AKA Alexander Petrov.

They explained that they went to the small town as tourists and had always wanted to see its tower.

The use of a banned nerve agent produced by the Soviet Union during the Cold War in a small English city has focused attention on the GRU, a Russian military intelligence unit that Western officials say is linked to a number of recent computer security hacks.

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

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