Skripal discharged from hospital

The Ex- Russian spy, daughter taken to an undisclosed location for their safety

May 18, 2018 08:39 pm | Updated 08:39 pm IST

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 09, 2006 Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow on August 9, 2006.
The world's chemical arms watchdog on April 12, 2018 confirmed Britain's findings that a nerve agent used in an attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England last month originally came from Russia. Blood samples tested by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical," according to a summary of the Hague-based group's report released in London.
 / AFP PHOTO / Kommersant Photo / Yuri SENATOROV / Russia OUT

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 09, 2006 Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow on August 9, 2006. The world's chemical arms watchdog on April 12, 2018 confirmed Britain's findings that a nerve agent used in an attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England last month originally came from Russia. Blood samples tested by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical," according to a summary of the Hague-based group's report released in London. / AFP PHOTO / Kommersant Photo / Yuri SENATOROV / Russia OUT

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been discharged from a British hospital, more than two months after he was poisoned with a nerve agent and left fighting for his life, health officials said on Friday.

Mr. Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in the English city of Salisbury on March 4, and spent weeks in critical condition.

Ms. Yulia, 33, recovered more quickly than her father and was discharged last month.

Salisbury District Hospital said on Friday that all three people hospitalised in the attack — the Skripals and a police officer who came to their assistance — had now been released. The Skripals have been taken to an undisclosed location for their safety.

“We have been able to discharge Sergei Skripal,” said Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at the hospital.

“This is an important stage in his recovery, which will now take place away from the hospital.”

Sergei Skripal is a former Russian intelligence officer who was convicted of spying for Britain before coming to the U.K. as part of a 2010 prisoner swap. He had been living quietly in Salisbury, 145 km southwest of London, when he was struck down.

Britain says the Skripals were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent and that Russia was behind the attack. Moscow denies it.

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