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A Russian colonel who spied for MI6 is critically ill in a British hospital amid fears of a poison plot.
Sergei Skripal, 66, who had recently told police he feared for his life, was rushed to hospital after collapsing on a bench outside a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday.
Dr Andrew Foxall, of the Henry Jackson Society security think-tank, said: ‘MI5 believes that there are now more Russian spies in Britain than during the height of the Cold War.
‘They will likely be experienced in all manner of activities. While it is too soon to attribute responsibility, it would be foolhardy if the authorities were not to explore the Russia connection in relation to Mr Skripal’s illness.’
Read more in the Daily Mail