The real name of the second man allegedly sent to carry out a nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury has been released by an investigative group.
Bellingcat, an investigative website, revealed the name of the suspect after it named his accomplice as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, who had used the name Ruslan Boshirov.
A European arrest warrant has been issued for the pair, who have been charged with the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.
The incident was also linked to the death of Dawn Sturgess, who died after coming in contact with a discarded bottle that contained Novichok, in July.
As Bellingcat release the name of the second suspect, here the Standard outlines what we know about him so far…
Who is the suspect, where is he from and what was his job?
Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin was named on Monday night as the man travelling under the alias Alexander Petrov.
Mishkin was allegedly born in a village in the Arkhangelsk District in the north of European Russia.
His rank is unknown, but he is believed to be a military doctor and a graduate of one of Russia’s elite military medical academies.
He would have graduated with at least the rank of senior lieutenant, and is likely to have reached the rank of lieutenant colonel or full colonel in the 15 years since leaving medical school.
When was he recruited by the GRU?
He was reportedly recruited by Russia’s intelligence agency the GRU while still a student, and was given the alias Alexander Petrov – including an identity card and a passport – in 2010
Between 2011 and 2018 he travelled extensively under his new identity, Bellingcat said, including making frequent trips to Ukraine.
The last of which was reportedly in December 2013, just ahead of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution which led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
What do we know about his cover identity?
For his cover identity he used most of his own details, including his date of birth and first name, and the first names of his parents.
Until September 2014 his home address was registered as the Moscow headquarters of the GRU.
He then moved to an apartment shared with Chepiga.
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