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Ex-spy Sergei Skripal discharged after poisoning

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Sergei Skripal in Moscow court. Photo: August 2006

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Sergei Skripal was exposed to a nerve agent from the Novichok group in Salisbury

Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal has been discharged from hospital after being poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury.

The 66-year-old was found slumped on a park bench in the city on 4 March, with his daughter Yulia.

They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital’s intensive care unit, where they were stabilised after being exposed to Novichok.

Ms Skripal was released on 9 April and was moved to a secure location.

Director of nursing Lorna Wilkinson said treating the Skripals had been “a huge and unprecedented challenge”.

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

DS Nick Bailey – the police officer who first attended the Skripals on the day of the poisoning – was also treated for exposure to the nerve agent, but has since been discharged.

The UK government blamed Russia for the attack, with Prime Minister Theresa May describing the incident as “brazen” and “despicable”.

But the Russian government denied any involvement and has accused the UK of inventing a “fake story”.

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