Kremlin refuses to comment on Bellingcat report

An extensive investigation was launched into the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March

Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March.

Investigative group Bellingcat on Monday identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service.

The two men are accused by British authorities of attempting to murder Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a Soviet-made nerve agent called Novichok in March in the city of Salisbury in southwest England.

The poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian agent who was convicted of spying for Britain, became a major global incident.

While the Skripals survived the attack, a woman died on June 30 after her partner picked up a discarded bottle of perfume containing the nerve agent that United Kingdom inspectors think was used to smuggle in the Novichok.

Russian Federation denied what its Foreign Ministry spokeswoman called a "diabolical perfume cocktail" of allegations dreamt up by someone with a "rich imagination".

But in a series of reports over the past month, researchers from the investigative group Bellingcat and a Russian news outlet, The Insider, have tried to uncover details about the suspects.

Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspect Alexander Petrov is shown on CCTV at Gatwick airport on March 2, released on September 5, 2018 in London.

The website said it had identified Petrov using testimonies from people the suspect knew and a scanned copy of his passport.

According to Bellingcat, Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin was born in 1979. The town is exceptionally remote, inaccessible by road except in winter when the grounds freezes hard and normally reachable only by a narrow-gauge railway.

Career: Not known for certain before 2001, but according to Bellingcat, Mishkin enrolled at the S. Kirov Military Medical Academy (VMEDA) and graduated in 2003/04 with a medical degree and given rank of Senior Lieutenant.

During his studies he 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, it added.

One person contacted by Bellingcat said they had been at college with Mishkin and had recognized him from the Russia Today interview with the two spies.

Villagers said Mishkin's grandmother has a photo of him being honored by Putin.

This was stated press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, reports RBC.

British police said they would not comment on speculation about the real identities of the two men facing charges, in response to a query about the latest report.

Yet analysts will read Bellingcat's latest publication for more clues into the alleged workings of a Russian spy agency at the centre of several global disputes.

Unlike the previous GRU agent Bellingcat identified, Mishkin's cover of Petrov retained most biographical characteristics of Mishkin, such as his birth date and first names of his parents.

Skripal was a double agent for British intelligence in the 1990s. He and his accomplice, who's already been unmasked by the same website, allegedly smeared nerve agent on the door handle of the Skripals' home. They were then able to show that Mishkin, with the same date of birth as his cover identity, had registered his vehicle to the address of the GRU's main headquarters building in Moscow.

Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper also named Mishkin in a separate report published on Monday.

Mishkin received his alias, Alexander Petrov, upon moving to Moscow in 2010, Bellingcat reported.

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