Skripal attack: Second Salisbury suspect 'decorated' officer

Novichok suspects

United Kingdom officials says they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by Russian intelligence officers.

He is also known as Alexander Petrov, but was fully unmasked recently.

Bellingcat's findings also cast doubt on Russia's claims that Boshirov and Petrov were civilians and that the government had no knowledge of the Skripal attack.

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.

Bellingcat says he was recruited to the GRU intelligence service during his medical studies and that until September 2014, Mishkin's Moscow home address was the same as the GRU headquarters.

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

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.

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

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Last month Bellingcat said it had identified the first suspect, originally identified under the name Ruslan Boshirov, as Anatoliy Chepiga and obtained leaked files that show Chepiga was deployed to Chechnya three times and included old passport photos of his, which resemble the man British authorities named as Boshirov.

Last month, the United Kingdom charged the two Russians with conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.

The Skripals were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in the southern English town of Salisbury. They said they went to the city to visit its cathedral. But the nerve agent killed a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, and seriously sickened her partner.

Last week four GRU operatives left a trail of...

Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov give an interview to the RT news channel.

British police have said they think the couple was exposed to the substance in June from traces in the bottle that had contained the Novichok used to poison the Skripals months earlier.

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

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