Identity of second Russian linked to Skripal poisoning 'uncovered'

Bellingcat shared additional images of the doctor

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

"While Alexander Mishkin's true persona has an even sparser digital footprint than Anatoliy Chepiga's, Bellingcat has been able to establish certain key facts from his background", Bellingcat said.

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

Researchers from investigative collective Bellingcat claim they have identified the second suspect involved in the Skripal poisoning case.

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.

A second suspect in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter has been named by a British investigative website.

Bellingcat's latest investigation said Mishkin was born in 1979 in the Archangelsk District in northern Russia and graduated from the elite Military Medical Academies, where he was trained for medical work in the Russian navy.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by a Soviet-designed chemical agent called Novichok in the English town of Salisbury in March.

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Russia has denied any involvement in the case and has claimed the two Russians were in Salisbury on a tourist trip.

Bellingcat last month identified Boshirov as a colonel in the GRU whose real name was Anatoliy Chepiga. But the nerve agent killed a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, and seriously sickened her partner.

Bellingcat said it gathered its information from open sources and "testimony from people familiar with the person".

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT's editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals' poisoning.

The two suspects gave a weird 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.

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

British police have said they would not comment on speculation about the real identities of the men.

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