Bellingcat claims photo exists of president giving Alexander Mishkin ‘hero of Russia’ award
Vladimir Putin personally bestowed a “hero of Russia” award on Alexander Mishkin, one of two military intelligence officers who allegedly poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, it has been claimed.
The investigative website Bellingcat, which identified Mishkin, said on Tuesday that a photograph existed of him shaking hands with the Russian president. It is unclear when or where the ceremony took place.
Bellingcat revealed Mishkin’s true identity on Monday after tracking down his real passport. He travelled to the UK in March under the false name of “Alexander Petrov”, together with fellow GRU officer Anatoliy Chepiga, who used the alias “Ruslan Boshirov”.
Bellingcat said residents of Loyga, the remote village where Mishkin grew up, had seen the photo after his grandmother proudly showed it off. She disappeared from the village three days ago, after Bellingcat announced it was about to reveal her grandson’s real identity.
A reporter working for Russia’s The Insider spoke to residents on Monday. Eight people, including three of the grandmother’s close female friends, said they had seen the photo of Mishkin shaking hands with Putin, Bellingcat said.
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