Russian Spy Clings to Life After Being Poisoned by 'Unknown Substance'

  • 2018-03-05
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN
Russian Spy Clings to Life After Being Poisoned by 'Unknown Substance'
A former Russian spy fell critically ill after being exposed to an "unknown substance" while shopping in Salisbury this weekend. 

Russian authorities convicted Sergei Skripal, 66, in 2006 of sharing state secrets with British intelligence. Despite being widely reviled in his home country, he received refuge in the United Kingdom four years later as part of a spy swap for ten sleeper agents planted by the Kremlin in the United States.

Concerned bystanders rushed to help Skripal and a still-unidentified 33-year-old female companion shortly after they both collapsed, "seemingly frozen in place" while in the center of a crowded outdoor shopping center.

The disturbing incident comes just over a decade after the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy, who was poisoned by radioactive polonium in a London hotel.

Litvinenko's widow told the press that yesterday's attack bore the same characteristics as her husband's assassination but cautioned that critical information remains in the hands of investigators, such as whether or not the substance was radioactive.

One well-informed source revealed to reporters that several first responders were also undergoing treatment for possible contamination, although those allegations remain unsubstantiated.

While Skripal languishes in critical condition, a full-scale investigation has begun that, already, has raised concerns about the possibility of Russian state-sponsored assassinations.
 Source: AAN
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