Moscow — The UK-based investigative website Bellingcat has said it has identified the second suspect in the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings as a doctor belonging to Russia's military intelligence agency the GRU. In a detailed report unveiled at an a press conference in Britain's parliament on Tuesday, researchers from Bellingcat said that the suspect, originally named by British police under the alias "Alexander Petrov," was actually Alexander Mishkin, a trained military doctor who had personally received Russia's highest state honor from President Vladimir Putin. Two weeks ago, Bellingcat and the Russian website, The Insider, identified the other suspect in the nerve agent attack as Anatoly Chepiga, a highly decorated GRU colonel and special forces veteran, who had travelled to Salisbury under the alias Ruslan Boshirov. UK police have accused both men of carrying out the operation to poison former Russian double agent, Sergey Skripal with a nerve agent in the small English town of Salisbury back in March. Skripal and his daughter Yulia narrowly survived the attack, but a local woman, Dawn Sturgess later died after being accidentally exposed to the chemical weapon. The Russian authorities have denied any involvement in the poisonings. British officials have thus far not commented… Read full this story
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