The second novichok poisoning suspect has been revealed as a military doctor employed by the Russian GRU intelligence agency who used his real date of birth for his undercover identity.
Investigative website Bellingcat outed the first Salisbury suspect under the alias of Ruslan Boshirov who was identified as GRU’s Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga two weeks ago.
Now they have revealed the second suspect, who was thought to be Alexander Petrov, is actually Dr. Alexander Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the GRU intelligence services.
Bungling Dr Mishkin even used his own birth date and first names of his parents as part of his undercover identity as Alexander Petrov.
He also registered his home address in September 2014 as Khoroshevskoe Shosse 76B in Moscow, the address of the headquarters of the GRU intelligence services.
Bellingcat has revealed the second suspect in the Sergei and Yulia Skripal poisoning case, naming Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, The website reports Mishkin travelled to Salisbury under the alias Alexander Petrov
The passport of Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin. Dr Mishkin travelled to Salisbury with Anatoliy Chepiga
Dr Mishkin was born in northern European Russia and graduated from the elite Military Medical Academies.
He trained as a doctor for the Russian naval armed forces before being recruited by GRU and assuming his undercover identity of Alexander Petrov.
The website said: ‘Bellingcat’s identification process included multiple open sources, testimony from people familiar with the person, as well as copies of personally identifying documents, including a scanned copy of his passport.’
Alexander Petrov (pictured right) has now been revealed as Dr Alexander Mishkin. Ruslan Boshirov (pictured left) was revealed two weeks ago as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga
Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by a Soviet-designed chemical agent called Novichok in Salisbury in March.
Dawn Sturgess, was inadvertently poisoned when she discovered a perfume bottle filled with the deadly novichok nerve agent used on the Skripals.
The Skripal case and last week’s revelations that the GRU also allegedly tried to hack into the world’s chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands have further tattered Moscow’s strained ties with the West.
Last week Vladimir Putin had also lashed out at Sergei Skripal branding him a ‘scumbag’ and a ‘traitor’.
The Kremlin has continued to denied it was behind the nerve agent attack on Skripal, a former double agent who sold Russian secrets to the British.
But former KGB agent Putin reaffirmed his views on those who betray Russia last week in a furious outburst about Mr Skripal.
Putin told an energy forum in Moscow: ‘He is just a spy, a traitor to the motherland… He is just a scumbag.’
Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga was revealed two weeks ago and it was revealed he was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of the president during a secret ceremony in 2014.
Col Chepiga and Dr Mishkin were charged over the March poisonings by the Crown Prosecution Service, but later appeared on Kremlin-funded news channel RT to reveal their bizarre cover story.
Calling themselves tourists, they said they were only wandering around Salisbury after failing to get to Stonehenge because of snow, and stumbled on the Skripals’ house – as shown on CCTV – because they were looking for Salisbury Cathedral, which has a 400ft spire and is 25 minutes in the other direction.
The pair also refused to say why they booked into an east London hotel 127 miles away – or why it contained traces of Novichok – and failed to explain why they appeared to have no luggage when they hastily travelled home to Russia.
RT even suggested the suspects weren’t trained killers – hinting they were gay lovers on a romantic break because they had ‘little beards, short hair cuts and tight pants’.
Their claims were dismissed as ‘lies and blatant fabrications’ by Downing Street, and looked farcical in the light of the new revelations about Chepiga’s military links.
He was eventually unmasked following a painstaking investigating relying on passport files, leaked address lists and public military information.