Friday, 19 October, 2018

Russian website Fontanka identifies third Skripal suspect as Sergey Fedotov

Documents for this Mercedes also helped to reveal the true identity of Alexander Mishkin Documents for this Mercedes also helped to reveal the true identity of Alexander Mishkin
Jeannette Daniel | 12 October, 2018, 16:26

British police say two agents of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, travelling under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, used the Soviet-made nerve agent Novichok to poison Mr Skripal. Last month, the website unmasked what it said was the identity of the other suspect.

The Russian Embassy in London said it was willing to discuss "speculations" about the Skripal case with British authorities but cast doubt on the Bellingcat report. The Russian government has denied that they were involved. Shortly before the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airline flight 17 in Ukraine, Higgins launched Bellingcat, a citizen investigative network that pools its resources on investigations using open source data, while creating guides to teach others to do the same.

"To be absolutely certain, we actually had digital analysis done of the photographs that were publicly released before, and the ones we found, which again confirmed it was the same person".

Eliot Higgins, founder of investigative outlet Bellingcat, told CNN that Bellingcat sent an "insider", one of its partners in Russian Federation, to Alexander Mishkin's hometown of Loyga to speak to locals and further investigate Mishkin.

"The most important thing for Russian media and for Russian bloggers, people who follow the story, is how the GRU could be so stupid?"

Bellingcat, which based its probe on passport information, residents' databases, vehicle registration documents and phone records, determined that the 39-year-old Mishkin grew up in Loyga before moving to St Petersburg, where he studied medicine at the elite Kirov Military Medical Academy. Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins said one ex-student told the group that classmates had "been told not to talk to anyone about his identity".

Some Loyga residents corroborated that account, confirming that Mishkin was trained as a military doctor.

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But to them he is just a warm-hearted local boy, a "Hero of Russia" who has made a successful career as a military doctor thanks to his hard work and courage. With a passport in that name often went to the Ukraine and the breakaway Transnistria. The same year, he was given Russia's highest honor.

Pressed by a BBC journalist on whether the Kremlin would check the claim, Peskov said: "No, no, I won't do that".

Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer turned double agent for Britain and his visiting daughter spent weeks in critical condition after the March 4 attack. In June, two area residents who apparently came across a discarded vial that contained the poison fell ill; one of them died.

Soon the United Kingdom will declare their involvement in the poisoning in Salisbury citizen of the Russian Federation of Sergey Fedotov.

The suspects themselves have told Russian state television they traveled to Salisbury as tourists.

Last week, authorities in the Netherlands alleged that the GRU had tried and failed to hack the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He's one of them.

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