Media: exposure of Chepiga and Mishkin could lead to a purge in the ranks of the GRU

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Media: exposure of Chepiga and Mishkin could lead to a purge in the ranks of the GRU

The ex-British Foreign Minister said that the identification of the suspects revealed the falsity of the statements about the non-involvement of the Russian Federation in the poisoning in Salisbury

The exposure of a second Russian intelligence agent suspected of committing a crime in the UK earlier this year has sparked ire in the Kremlin, which is likely to retaliate with a purge among senior Russian military intelligence officials, the GRU, Russian media reported..

On Monday, Bellingcat’s research team identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia as Alexander Mishkin, a military doctor of the GRU..

Bellingcat reports that Mishkin was identified after it was able to obtain a scanned copy of his real passport and confirmation of information about this person both from people who knew him and thanks to other information obtained from open sources.

Last month, a joint investigation by the Russian internet outlet The Insider and the Bellingcat research group identified the first suspect..Media: exposure of Chepiga and Mishkin could lead to a purge in the ranks of the GRU It turned out to be a veteran of the special services, GRU Colonel Anatoly Chepiga. Chepiga used the pseudonym “Ruslan Boshirov”, and Mishkin – “Alexander Petrov”.

Anatoly Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin

Former British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Bellingcat’s investigations “demonstrated the duplicity of the Kremlin’s endless denials” of Russia’s involvement in the crimes. “The eyes of governments and the general public will be open to what’s really going on,” Haig said..

“It’s disgusting that the doctor was part of a team of GRU operatives,” said Bob Seeley, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament..

Bellingcat writes that Mishkin was born on July 13, 1979 in the village of Loyga, Arkhangelsk Region, graduated from one of the “elite military medical academies”, where he was trained as a military doctor to serve in the Russian navy..

According to Bellingcat, during his studies, Mishkin joined the GRU, and by 2010 he moved to Moscow, where he received a passport in the name of Alexander Petrov..