Woman Found With Poisoned Former Russian Spy His 33 Year Old Daughter

  • Woman Found With Poisoned Former Russian Spy His 33 Year Old Daughter

Woman Found With Poisoned Former Russian Spy His 33 Year Old Daughter

Sergei Skripal, 66, and a female companion were found slumped over on a bench at a shopping mall in Salisbury, England, on Sunday afternoon.

A man reported to have been a former Russian spy and an unnamed woman are in a critical condition in an English hospital where they are being treated for what police describe as "suspected exposure to an unknown substance".

It was taken from a camera at 3.47pm on Sunday at a Snap Fitness 24/7 gym - and shows a man and a woman walking through an alleyway connecting a Zizzi restaurant and the bench where Mr Skripal was found.

"The pair are now being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance and are now in a critical condition in intensive care", said Wiltshire police on Twitter on Monday.

"They are now being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance", the statement said.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden of Wiltshire Police said that the incident has "not been declared as a counter terrorism incident".

He was one of four prisoners released by Moscow in exchange for 10 U.S. spies as part of a swap and was later flown to the UK.

After his 2004 arrest in Moscow, he confessed to having been recruited by British intelligence in 1995 and said he provided information about GRU agents in Europe, receiving over $100,000 in return.

"I felt anxious, I felt like I should step in but to be honest they looked so out of it that I thought that even if I did step in I wasn't sure how I would help".

Keir Giles, the director of the Conflict Studies Research Center in Cambridge, England, said he "would be surprised if this were not linked back to Russian Federation in some direct way".

Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence officer who defected to Britain and become highly-critical of the Kremlin, died a slow, painful death after he drank tea containing radioactive material at a hotel bar in London.

In a statement, police added that though there was no known risk to the public's health people who feel ill should contact emergency services.

Lugovoi, who is an MP in the Russian parliament, dismissed suspicions of poisoning as British "phobias", saying Skripal was of no interest to the authorities.

The former Russian spy and his daughter are in intensive care. In 2010, however, he was pardoned by the Kremlin and given to the West as part of a spy-swap for "sleeper" agents planted in the United States by Moscow.

According to previous reports by Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti, Skripal was convicted to 13 years imprisonment in 2006 for spying for the UK.

Two years ago, Col. Skripal's older brother died in Russia, and last year, his 43-year-old son died while on holiday with his girlfriend in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

Russian media is reporting that Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's press secretary, told journalists that "we have no information" but that the Kremlin was open to cooperate on investigating the incident.