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Second Skripal Poisoning Suspect Identified as Dr. Alexander Mishkin

October 8, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Translations: Русский

Please read our full report on the life and times of Dr. Alexander Mishkin here.

In the preceding report from the current investigation into the two suspects in the Skripals poisoning case, Bellingcat and its reporting partner the Insider disclosed the identity of one of the two suspects. The person travelling under the alias of Ruslan Boshirov was identified as GRU’s Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, recipient of Russia’s highest state award.

Bellingcat can now report that it has conclusively identified the second suspect, who travelled to Salisbury under the alias Alexander Petrov. In its previous reporting, we already produced evidence that “Alexander Petrov” is not an authentic persona, but an undercover alias for an officer of a Russian security agency. In another report, we established that “Petrov” was specifically working for Russia’s military intelligence, the GRU.

We have now identified “Alexander Petrov” to be in fact Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU. Bellingcat’s identification process included multiple open sources, testimony from people familiar with the person, as well as copies of personally identifying documents, including a scanned copy of his passport. The full identification process will be described in the upcoming full report.

While Alexander Mishkin’s true persona has an even sparser digital footprint than Anatoliy Chepiga’s, Bellingcat has been able to establish certain key facts from his background.

A scanned copy of Alexander Mishkin’s passport, issued in 2001 in St. Petersburg. The passport lists his real name and place of birth as Loyga.

Who is Alexander Mishkin?

Alexander Mishkin was born on 13.07.1979 in the village of Loyga, in the Archangelsk District in Northern European Russia.  He studied and graduated from one of Russia’s elite Military Medical Academies, and was trained as a military doctor for the Russian naval armed forces.

During his medical studies, Mishkin was recruited by the GRU, and by 2010 had relocated to Moscow, where he received his undercover identity – including a second national ID and travel passport – under the alias Alexander Petrov.

In the period 2011-2018, Alexander Mishkin traveled extensively under his new identity. Bellingcat has identified multiple trips to Ukraine and to the self-declared Transnistrian Republic, the last of which as late as during the Maidan events in Kyiv in December 2013.

Unlike the case of Anatoliy Chepiga, “Petrov”’s cover identity retained most of the biographical characteristics of the authentic Mishkin – such as the exact birth date, first and patronymic name, and first names of his parents.

Until early September 2014, Mishkin’s registered home address in Moscow was Khoroshevskoe Shosse 76B – the address of the headquarters of the GRU.  In the autumn of 2014, both Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga moved to upscale apartments.

Alexander Mishkin current military rank is unknown. However, based on the known rank as of graduation from the Military Medical Academy (Russian military doctors graduate with a rank of senior lieutenant), and the elapsed time (15 years), it can be posited that as the time of the Skripals’ poisoning incident he was either a Lt. Colonel or a full Colonel.

Bellingcat and the Insider have interviewed multiple sources familiar with Mishkin, both in St. Petersburg and in his native Loyga.

In the full report, which will be published on Tuesday at 13:00, we will publish the full method by which Mishkin was identified, as well as witness testimony from various sources. The full report will also contain forensic evidence of the visual (facial) match between  “Alexander Mishkin” and “Alexander Petrov”

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  1. Norm

    Let’s not forget that the Russian’s are capable of killing people they don’t like very effectively.

    Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov was horribly murdered in his own home just a few days after the bungled Skripal poisoning, if memory serves. No clues on that gangsterous Mercader have emerged. Similar murders have occurred in London and elsewhere with depressing frequency.

    Skripal was always supposed to be a signature assassination. I’m delighted these b*stards have been exposed. But the GRU will now just phase out these spectaculars. And they won’t stop.

    • Scott America

      You brits let them into your country you stupid shitesmen, now you can suck on it! It’s just Britain now, nothing great about it any longer.

  2. Charles

    The Hippocratic Oath

    I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

    I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

    I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

    I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

    I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

    I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

    I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

    I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

    I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

    If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

  3. George

    I would not be surprised if those two suspects would “disappear” in the eternal hunting grounds of Siberia very soon.
    If I would be Mischkin or Chepiga, or one of the crew members of the BUK 332 from 53rd Brigade, I would seriously fear for my life now. And I would have a secret message with proofs, maybe an USB-stick somewhere at a lawer or family member, just in case of my death, to reveal the truth and to ease the conscience. So let`s hope that someone will show us the truth, maybe posthumously.
    The spys from GRU know for sure what Stalin said: death saves all problems – no man, no problem.
    Really, I would piss in my trousers if I would be Mischkin or Chepiga, or even only a member of their families or friends, or from 53rd Brigade.

  4. Ιωάννης Χουσιανάκος

    The Rule of Law must be safeguarded and not be eroded by gangsterism & frontier style justice! It’s about time Russia be punished with isolation and heavy sanctions and a freezing of all its foreign investments and assets abroad + a restriction of movement and buying power in The West. This style of unleashing murder and mayhem using chemical weapons so freely must be met with stronger measures than just getting a slap on the wrist!

  5. Dustin LaPres

    Great Work by Bellingcat! Begs the question: if an indie privsec OSINT outfit like Bcat was able to crack the Skripal Poisoning case this thoroughly…How much did Fvey’s Operatives know and how early? Supposedly we are hitting back by publishing the personnel information & operational details of every GRU/SVR operation in any (NATO) country that us or our allies uncover but there has to be more. The Russians are a very tough adversary…They’re a hard people; they don’t respect what is essentially the Intel Community equivalent of snitching. They only respect one thing: Violent Force or the immediate credible threat of it. They’re dropping bodies. We need to either drop 10 times the # of them in a plausibly deniable way followed by a “We didn’t do it but I’d advise you don’t sanction any more assassinations on (NATO) Soil or it could happen again…I truly believe that is all they will respect-it’s the only way to reach them…

  6. Andreas

    Putin is caught trousers down. What an embarrassment for the thug. Excellent work Bellingcat. Now remains – how to bring this grand humiliatilon home to the Russian TV viewer (who is Putin’s only comcern, really). In order for the thug”s popularity figures to slip further. Change is coming.

  7. Grubbie

    Doctor with backpack,medical support team?This would be a very well planned hit indeed.


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