Russian spy’s daughter woke up briefly but ‘unable to communicate’ after nerve agent attack

2018-03-23 13:47
PHOTO: Facebook/Yulia Skripal

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A former Russian spy and his daughter are still in a critical condition in hospital after they were attacked with a nerve agent attack in Salisbury in the UK.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who now live in the Wilshire city, could both be permanently brain damaged.

The pair have been in hospital since the attack earlier this month, when they were found slumped over a bench.

Yulia (33) woke up briefly after being brought to hospital, but was “unable to communicate in a meaningful way,” Metro UK reports

According to The Independent, Judge Justice Williams told the Court of Protection the “precise” effects of the highly toxic agent on Sergei and Yulia are not yet known.

“Medical tests indicate that their mental capacity might be compromised to an unknown and so far unascertained degree,” he said.

The judge has since given a go-ahead for doctors to sample the Skripals blood to identify the substance used and to help in an international investigation.

Sergei (66) is believed to have been targeted for supplying the UK with information on Russia during the 90s. He was arrested in Russia in 2004 and convicted two years later of high treason in the form of espionage.

He was released to the UK just four years into his 15-year sentence as part of a Russian spy swop. He has lived in the cathedral town of Salisbury ever since.

It’s believed the nerve agent used against the Skripals was part of the Soviet-developed “novichok” group.

According to Science Direct, one can be exposed to the “novichok agent” by inhalation or skin contact.

Meanwhile, the EU has officially ordered its ambassador to Moscow to return home after leaders agreed it was "highly likely" Russia was responsible for a nerve agent attack in the UK, BBC said.

However, the Russians have denied any involvement.UK Prime Minister Theresa May has since labelled the poisoning as "part of a pattern of Russian aggression against Europe".

Sources: Metro UK, The Independent, BBC, Science Direct

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