President Vladimir Putin personally gave a dressing down to the head of Russian spy agency GRU over ‘deep incompetence’ shown in the Salisbury poisonings and other international operations.
GRU chief Col-Gen Igor Korobov, 62, reportedly emerged shaken and in sudden ‘ill health’ after his confrontation with the furious Russian president.
Korobov’s telling off came as the second Salisbury suspect was named as a GRU doctor, who gave himself away by using his first name and real date of birth on his fake identity passport.
Dr Alexander Mishkin’s false identification papers also listed GRU headquarters in Moscow as his home address.
The identification of the novichok poisoning spook came as Russian Defence Ministry officials reportedly met with senior GRU staff to blast them over the agency’s recent foreign operations.
The secret meeting on Saturday reportedly heard furious accusations over the ‘morons’ behind missions in Britain, the Netherlands and the US.
Those in charge of the catastrophic blunders were denounced for their ‘deep incompetence’ and ‘infinite carelessness’.
They were taunted: ‘Why didn’t you just wear Budenovka hats?’ referring to the hats emblazoned with the Red star which were part of the Communist military uniform after the Russian Revolution.
Yesterday, investigative website Bellingcat, who also outed the first Salisbury suspect Ruslan Boshirov as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, revealed the true identity of the second suspect.