A former colonel in the Russian military, who passed state secrets to the British, was found slumped on a bench in the U.K. town of Salisbury Sunday after “suspected exposure to a hazardous substance.”
Echoing the 2006 poisoning of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, Sergei Skripal, 66, was found next to a 33-year-old woman, believed to be his daughter Yulya. The pair remain in a critical condition in Salisbury District Hospital.
Andrew Foxall, director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, points out that there are now more Russian spies in the U.K. than at the height of the Cold War.
“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,” Foxall said.
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