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Poisoned Russian ex-spy's daughter discharged from hospital

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Aditi Khanna

London: Yulia Skripal, daughter of a former Russian spy, who along with her father was poisoned with a nerve agent in the UK last month, has been discharged from the hospital, officials said today, an incident that sparked a major diplomatic spat with Moscow.

Yulia 33, and her father Sergei Skripal, 66, were found collapsed on a bench in the south-western English city of Salisbury on March 4 in what British authorities have said was an attempted murder by the Russian state.

She has left the Salisbury District Hospital, where she and her father had been recovering since March 4, and moved to a secured undisclosed country-side home in the UK, officials said.

Sergei is also on the path to recovery, they said.

There were initially fears that the Skripals would not recover, but last week hospital and police officials said they were both improving. "This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone," a senior hospital official said.

According to the hospital's deputy chief executive Christine Blanshard, the recovery of Sergei was more slower than Yulia, but "we hope he too will be able to leave the hospital in due course".

The father and daughter are expected to suffer some long-term consequences as a result of coming in contact with the toxic substance.

In a tweet, the Russian Embassy congratulated Yulia on her recovery but said: "We need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will."

Western allies backed Britain had pointed the finger of blame for the attempted murder of the Skripals on the Russian regime but Moscow strongly denied any involvement and accused London of inventing a "fake story".

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