Investigators will reveal the identity of the second Salisbury novichok assassin at a meeting in Parliament next week, it was reported today.
One of the two GRU agents who came to Britain to kill Sergei Skripal has been outed as Colonel Anatoly Chepiga, but the true name of the second name ‘Alexander Petrov’ remains a mystery.
Bellingcat, an investigative website who discovered Chepiga’s identity, is set to release the name of the second man next Tuesday.
MP Bob Seely, a member of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, said he has arranged a meeting in Parliament where the disclosure is expected to be made.
Petrov and Chepiga, travelling under the name of Ruslan Boshirov, were first identified by the Metropolitan Police following a huge investigation into the nerve agent attack.
But the pair went on Russian state-backed TV channel RT and claimed they were merely nutritional supplement salesmen visiting Salisbury to see the city’s ‘123 -metre’ cathedral spire.
The Bellingcat website then exposed Chepiga’s real identity, along with photos of him during his time in the Russian military.
Chepiga and his accomplice’s chemical attack led to the death of British mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, who died after picking up the perfume bottle which contained the novichok nerve agent.
British officials allege the attack on the Skripals received approval ‘at a senior level of the Russian state,’ an accusation Moscow has fiercely denied.
After ‘Boshirov’ and his accomplice, ‘Alexander Petrov’, were charged this month, Vladimir Putin said they were civilians.
The Russian leader launched a furious attack on Mr Skripal at a press conference earlier this week, branding the attack victim ‘a traitor to the motherland’ and ‘a scumbag’.