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Sergei Skripal’s Health Worsens After Novichok Poisoning…May Never Recover

Sergei Skripal's Health Worsens After Novichok Poisoning...May Never Recover
A view of the house previously occupied by Sergei Skripal and where he and his daughter became contaminated by a nerve agent left on the front door handle. The early stages of scaffold erection can be seen.
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The former Russian spy who defected to the United Kingdom and was poisoned with a Russian nerve agent (Novichok) by suspected Russian agents in Salisbury, England, may never recover from his illness; his health is deteriorating according to The Sunday Times, an English newspaper.

‘His health has got worse and he’s been receiving medical care at his home,’ a well-informed intelligence source told the Sunday Times. 

‘No one has any idea of what will happen to him because there’s very little that’s known about the impact the nerve agent will have in the long run’.  Mr. Skripal is 67 years old and his condition is not considered critical. His daughter, Yulia, who was also poisoned, has made a full recovery.

In addition, a Scotland Yard source told the Sunday Times that unlike Yulia, Sergei Skripal “was not in the best shape to begin with,” due to his age and health. “Yulia remains in good health,” the source said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

On September 5, British Prime Minister Theresa May briefed parliament on the investigation’s findings to declare that two Russians carrying passports issued in the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were suspected accomplices in the assassination attempt. Britain regards both men as GRU agents. Petrov and Boshirov in an interview to the RT television channel dismissed the charges, added TASS.

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