Website names GRU suspect in Skripal, Bulgaria poisonings

LONDON: Investigative Bellingcat on Thursday (Feb 14) identified a suspected Russian military intelligence officer who was in Britain during the Salisbury chemical attack and might also be linked to a 2015 poisoning in .

The group had earlier named two other Russians that Britain blames for trying to kill former double agent Sergei in March as Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga.

The third man is “Denis Vyacheslavovich Sergeev, a high-ranking officer and a graduate of ’s Military Diplomatic Academy,” Bellingcat said in its report.

Bellingcat first revealed the existence of a possible third GRU in Skripal’s case last week.

It said on Thursday that it had now finished a full investigations that “conclusively” identify him as Sergeev.

Both Bellingcat and UK officials believe the first two entered Britain on false passports issued by the GRU under instructions from senior Russian officials.

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