United Kingdom security minister: Russian Federation threat is no joke

United Kingdom security minister: Russian Federation threat is no joke

He and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in Salisbury, and the British authorities said they were sickened by a Soviet-made nerve agent.

One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a trained doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday.

As in Boshirov's case, the group also relied upon "multiple open sources" and "testimony from people familiar with the person" in question.

Multiple sources told Bellingcat they saw on Mishkin's grandmother's mantle a photo of Putin bestowing the Hero of the Russian Federation award, given for service and valor, upon Mishkin.

It claims he was recruited by Russian intelligence while he was completing his medical studies, and made several trips to Ukraine, including during the 2013 unrest.

The reported naming of the second Novichok suspect is the latest embarrassment for Putin's intelligence services after a bungled cyber attack was exposed by Dutch investigators last week.

The two survived after a lengthy hospital stay in intensive care.

United Kingdom police have accused both men of carrying out the operation to poison former Russian double agent, Sergey Skripal with a nerve agent in the small English town of Salisbury back in March.

He moved to St Petersburg and enrolled at the S Kirov Military Medical Academy, specialising in undersea and hypobaric medicine for the Russian navy and graduating as a senior lieutenant.

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Alexander Mishkin was born on July 13, 1979, in the village of Loyga, in the Archangelsk District in Northern European Russia.

They were then able to show that Mishkin, with the same date of birth as his cover identity, had registered his auto to the address of the GRU's main headquarters building in Moscow.

Curiously, Mishkin's cover identity retained a lot of his authentic biography, including his real birth-date, his first and patronymic names, and the first names of his parents.

President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin was not prepared to discuss investigative reports and media articles on the poisoning of Mr Skripal, and complained the British authorities had refused a Russian request to share details of their inquiries.

Police officers stand outside the house of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, March 6, 2018.

At Loyga a reporter with the Insider "was able to meet and talk to many residents who all recognised "Alexander Petrov"... as "our local boy" Alexander Mishkin", the Bellingcat report said.

Last week, the Justice Department filed criminal charges against seven members of the GRU, accusing them of hacking into the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as four worldwide sports governing bodies.

The Skripal case and last week's revelations that the GRU also allegedly tried to hack into the world's chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands have further tattered Moscow's strained ties with the West.

Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed the allegations, saying the men who were expelled from Holland had been there on a "routine" assignment to provide cybersecurity support for Russia's embassy.

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