The second of two Russians who Britain says was responsible for the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has been named by investigative website Bellingcat as a military doctor for Russia's GRU military intelligence.
He is believed to be Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, aged 39, who was charged by Britain last month under the name of Alexander Petrov. According the mentioned source, Mishkin was born in July 1979 in the village of Loyga in the Archangelsk district of northern Russia, and until September 2014 his registered home address in Moscow was the same as the headquarters of the GRU. Mishkin's GRU rank was unknown but possibly he should be lieutenant colonel or colonel. Between 2011 and 2018 he travelled repeatedly under the identity of Alexander Petrov, including to Ukraine and Moldova's breakaway territory of Transdniestria. There was no response from the Russian part now.
The two men have said publicly they were tourists who had flown to London for recreation and had visited Salisbury to see its cathedral. The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case and said Britain has no proof. Bellingcat named the first of the two Skripal suspects as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga, last month. "He is just a spy, a traitor to the homeland," Russian President Putin said of Skripal at an energy forum in Moscow last week.