What Kommersant finds out about second defendant in Skripals’ case Alexander Mishkin from his locals

What Kommersant finds out about second defendant in Skripals’ case Alexander Mishkin from his locals
Alexander Mishkin Photo: Kommersant

The locals are ready to tell everything they remember about their former fellow villager and his family for 2 thousand rubles ($30).

On October 9, The Insider and Bellingcat shared the details of the biography of the second defendant in Skripals’ case Alexander Mishkin known within the media as Alexander Petrov. According to The Insider and Bellingcat, he is a military doctor, originally from a village of Loyga in Arkhangelsk region. His locals who were interviewed by Kommersant daily were ready to tell everything they remember about their former fellow villager and his family for 2 thousand rubles ($30).

All the data on Mishkin’s family burnt during a fire in the administration of the village Loyga in Arkhangelsk region in 1996, said a former acting head of the town Elena Bolshakova. “Their son Alexander seemed to have attended the local school and kindergarten. All the data on the locals used to be on paper, on a register of tenants, and it all burnt during a fire in 1996 when there occurred a fire in the village’s administration building. Everything burnt then,” she said.

Elena Bolshakova added that the principal of the school that Alexander Mishkin attended left the village - together with most of her classmates - some time ago.

Earlier, Loyga’s local under the last name Lisichkin stated that he took Alexander Petrov for his former fellow villager Alexander Mishkin. He said that his wife had been Mishkin’s teacher.

There’s no landline and official page on social networks in Loyga high school. The school’s graduates keep in touch on VK social network’s community page called “For those who are familiar with a word Loyga.” There’re several requests from various journalists (including international ones) saying they’re looking for Aleksander Mishkin’s classmates on the community’s wall on the social network.

The locals the reporter managed to talk to are ready to tell everything they know about Alexander Mishkin, recall all the conversations with him, and describe his traits of character.

After Mishkin graduated from school, his family moved to a small settlement of Lomovatki in a neighboring Vologda region. Its head Ekaterina Komelkova said that the spouses Mishkins dwell on the edge of the settlement, and they don’t have a landline.

“I don’t keep in touch with them. I don’t buddy up with them. It seemed like they were going to move to a big city to their children. But where exactly and when I have no idea. Maybe, they’ve already left. I haven’t seen them for a while,” Ekaterina Komelkova added. In her words, higher-level agencies (not the head of a village) are now responsible for duties related to registration at the place of residence and checking out. As such, she’s not up to speed on who’s leaving the locality.

The St. Petersburg Military Medical Academy named after Kirov (where Alexander Mishkin allegedly studied) did not recall the name straight away, but promised to sort out the situation, “as soon as the meeting of the board is over.”

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