Who is Sergei Skripal?

Who is Sergei Skripal?

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:45am 6th March 2018. (Updated at 6:56am 6th March 2018)

Former Russian spy was found unconscious in Salisbury following exposure to an unknown substance.

66 year old Sergei Skripal was convicted in Russia of spying for MI6 in 2006.

The former  colonel within Russian military intelligence, was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

It was alleged that he disclosed the names of several dozen Russian agents working in Europe.

He was one of four convicts given a pardon, and one of two sent to Britain after a spy swap in July 2010 - described as the largest since the Cold War.

As part of the deal, 10 Russian sleeper agents were expelled from the United States.

Mr Skripal along with a woman believe to be known to him as found unconscious on a bench in the Maltings shopping area in Salisbury on Sunday (4th March) afternoon.

Both are in a critical condition in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital.

A spokesman for the Russian embassy said:

"Neither relatives nor legal representatives of the said person, nor the British authorities, have addressed the embassy in this regard."

In 2006, Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel.

In 2016, a public inquiry concluded that his killing had "probably" been carried out with the approval of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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