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Skripal case: Suspected Petrov turns out to be military doctor Aleksandr Mishkin

It is noted that Mishkin graduated from one of the most elite medical academies and served in Russian Navy
23:23, 8 October 2018

Bellingcat

Aleksandr Petrov, suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal, is actually a military doctor of Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Aleksandr Mishkin. This is evidenced by the data of Bellingcat 

‘We have now identified “Aleksandr Petrov” to be in fact Dr. Aleksandr Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU,’ reads the message.  

Related: Bellingcat establishes identity of GRU member Petrov, suspect in Skripal case

According to Bellingcat, Aleksandr Mishkin was born on 13.07.1979 in the village of Loyga, in the Archangelsk District in Northern European Russia.  He studied and graduated from one of Russia’s elite Military Medical Academies, and was trained as a military doctor for the Russian naval armed forces. 

‘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,’ reads the report.  

Related: Former Russian spy Skripal contacts Ukraine's Security Service

In the period 2011-2018, Alexander Mishkin traveled extensively under his new identity. Bellingcat has identified multiple trips to Ukraine and to the self-declared Transnistrian Republic, the last of which as late as during the Maidan events in Kyiv in December 2013. 

Earlier Serhiy Kanev, former reporter of the Center for Investigation Management, who took part in the investigation of The Insider and Bellingcat against the suspects of poisoning Skripal, claimed that Anatoliy Chepiga (Ruslan Boshirov), one of the suspects of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripals, lead the operation for transportation of the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Russia in 2014.  

Related: Putin calls Skripal national traitor

The Crown Prosecution Service of the U.K. called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia as Evening Standard reported. The police suspected Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, accused of the conspiracy with the aim to kill Sergey Skripal, attempted murder of the ex-intelligence agent, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey, in use and possession of “Novichok” against the chemical weapons act, infliction of the bodily harm. 

Earlier the police of United Kingdom declare that they have identified perpetrators of the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. 

Related: Bellingcat reveals photo adding to evidence on Skripal's case

As it was reported earlier, one of the suspects of poisoning Sergei Skripal in British Salisbury, Russian Ruslan Boshirov turned out to be Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia Anatoliy Chepiga. 

In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded him the title of Hero of Russia for his participation in the peacekeeping mission. According to The Insider, it can probably be the hostilities in Ukraine. 

Related: EU approves new sanctions list due to Skripals' case

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