Skripal poisoning suspect is Russian doctor who works for military intel

Skripal poisoning suspect is Russian doctor who works for military intel

Skripal poisoning suspect is Russian doctor who works for military intel

British officials said when they charged two Russians last month in the March nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter that they believed Petrov was an assumed name.

British authorities don't dispute the identifications. In the past, the group has focused on the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and chemical attacks in Syria.

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

London 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 Bellingcat report, and repeated they believed the men had used aliases.

While he said recent failings had made it easy to mock the Kremlin and its military intelligence agency, it would be foolish not to take them seriously.

Putin, who Prime Minister Theresa May has implicated in the plot, has since condemned Skripal as a "traitor" and "scum" when speaking at the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow. "His name is Mishkin".

In 2014, he was active in military operations in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia separatists lead a violent breakaway movement.

'His grandmother, with whom he grew up who happens to be a medical professional, has a photograph, in her own words, that has been seen by everybody in the village, of president Putin shaking Mishkin's hand and giving him the award'.

Footage released by London police of the two suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

The second suspect in the attempted poisoning of a former Russian secret agent has been identified by an investigative website.

One of the Bellingcat team who ID'd the two GRU agents points out that the inclusion of a doctor on a 2-man team makes it harder to claim these guys were doing something other than handling a deadly nerve agent.

Britain claims the poisoning was authorized at a senior level of the Russian state - a claim Moscow denies.

The US expelled dozens of diplomats in solidarity with the United Kingdom after the attack on the Skripals.

The two suspects had traveled from Russian Federation to London by plane and then visited Salisbury by train on two successive days including the day the attack happened.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said a number of hackers known to have launched attacks have been linked to the GRU.

British, Dutch and US officials have accused the GRU of trying to hack the computers of global agencies, masterminding a devastating 2017 cyberattack on Ukraine and being behind stolen emails that roiled the 2016 USA presidential election.

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

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