Poisoned ex-spy’s daughter discharged from hospital
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Poisoned ex-spy’s daughter discharged from hospital

Yulia Skripal and her father were found unconscious in Salisbury. Britain says they were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent and has blamed Russia for the attack.

world Updated: Apr 10, 2018 21:49 IST
Hindustan Times, London
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Yulia Skripal, daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, who Russia’s RIA news agency had reported was seeking political asylum in Britain, was taken to a secure location after being discharged from hospital late on Monday, the BBC said.(Reuters File Photo)

Yulia Skripal has been discharged from hospital more than a month after she and her father Sergei — a former Russian spy — were allegedly poisoned by a nerve agent in the British town of Salisbury on March 4.

The poisoning, which was allegedly carried out using the Soviet-era Novichok, has set off a major row between western countries and Russia. Britain and her allies blame Russia of being complicit in the attack, and expelled Russian diplomats over the incident. In response, Moscow — which denies it had a role in the attack —expelled a similar number of western personnel.

Officials said Yulia, 33, was taken to an undisclosed location after her condition improved. Her father is said to be no longer in a critical condition.

Speaking outside the Salisbury hospital on Tuesday, its medical director Christine Blanshard said: “We have now discharged Yulia from Salisbury district hospital. Yulia has asked for privacy from the media and I want to reiterate her request.

“I also want to take this opportunity to wish Yulia well. This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone. Her father has also made good progress. On Friday I announced he was no longer in a critical condition. Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course.”

The Russian embassy responded to Yulia’s discharge with a tweet: “We congratulate Yulia Skripal on her recovery. Yet we need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.

The embassy also said that the “secret resettlement” of the Skripals “will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation”.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the news of Yulia’s discharge, as foreign secretary Boris Johnson continued his attack on Russia for its alleged role in the poisoning, accusing Kremlin and Russia’s state-owned media of inventing 29 theories about the Salisbury attack.

First Published: Apr 10, 2018 13:06 IST