Second Salisbury suspect unmasked - both alleged to work for Russia's secret service

Bellingcat shared additional images of the doctor

United Kingdom 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.

A woman later died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle, which police believe had been used to smuggle the nerve agent into Britain.

The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russian Federation.

Former British foreign secretary William Hague says the revelations by Bellingcat and others on the GRU assassination attempt have "illuminated the duplicity of the endless denials" by the Kremlin of any Russian involvement in the murder bid.

A still image taken from a video footage and released by RT global news channel on September 13, 2018, shows two Russian men with the same names, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as those accused by Britain over the case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, during an interview at an unidentified location, Russia.

As with Chepiga, Bellingcat said it had identified Mishkin by obtaining his personal documents from anonymous sources and tracing his background through open source records, as well as testimonies from people who knew him.

According to Bellingcat, Mishkin was born in July 1979 in the village of Loyga in northern Russian Federation. 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.

The researchers said that he was recruited by the GRU "at some point before 2003" and moved to Moscow in around 2009 where he adopted the identity of Alexander Petrov.

Higgins and Grozev said that Mishkin was made a Hero of the Russian Federation - the country's highest honorary title - by Putin in the autumn of 2014.

British authorities charged both last month under their assumed names, saying at the time they thought the Russian men were not who they said they were.

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

A spokesman for the Home Office said: "We are not commenting as this is still a police investigation".

After Britain charged the two Russians with trying to kill the Skripals, the suspects appeared on Russian TV to deny a role in the Salisbury poisonings.

Bellingcat said their findings revealed those claims as false, and proved conclusively that the two men were tied to the GRU.

Chepiga, 39, had been assigned the alter ego of Boshirov by 2010, Bellingcat said.

An extensive search of both public and leaked Russian databases established the first name and birth date used on his alias were in fact true, and only his last name had been changed when he went undercover.

Skripal was a double agent for British intelligence in the 1990s.

The suspects were alleged to have smeared the nerve agent on a door handle of Skripal's home in Salisbury.

British officials could not be immediately reached Monday evening for comment on the new report, which was prepared by researchers and journalists in Britain and Russian Federation.

Between 2011 and 2018 he travelled extensively under his new identity, Bellingcat said, including making frequent trips to Ukraine.

Last week, authorities in the Netherlands alleged the GRU tried and failed into the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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