The United States Department of Treasury introduced sanctions against 18 Russians among whom are the agents of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin (known as Petrov and Boshirov), suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal, according to the website of the Department.
Four companies have also fallen under sanctions.
Earlier, the investigators of The Insider and Bellingcat claimed that Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov are the real names of Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin, who Great Britain accuse of poisoning Skripal.
The Department of Treasury linked 15 people out of 18 from a list. Among them: Borys Antonov (1980), Anatolii Kovalov (1991), Mykola Kozachok (1989), Oleksii Lukashev (1990), Oleksandr Malkevych (1975), Artem Malyshev (1988), Oleksii Minin (1972), Oleksii Morenets (1977), Viktor Netyksho (1966), Oleksandr Osadchuk (1962), Oleksii Potomkin (1983), Yevhen Serebriakov (1981), Oleh Sotnikov (1972), Ivan Yermakov (1986). In July, Some of them were accused of hacking the computers of the Democratic Party and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
As it was reported earlier, Aleksandr Petrov, suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal, is actually a military doctor of Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Aleksandr Mishkin.
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.