Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal
A forensics tent covers a bench where the Skripals fell unconscious
Location Salisbury, England
Date 4 March 2018; 14 days ago (2018-03-04)
Target Sergei and Yulia Skripal
Weapons A-234 (a Novichok nerve agent)
Non-fatal injuries
Suspected perpetrators
Russian secret services
Accused Vladimir Putin [1] [2]

On 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, visiting him from Moscow, were poisoned, allegedly with a Novichok nerve agent, in Salisbury, England. [3] [4] As of 15 March 2018, [5] the pair remain critically ill at Salisbury District Hospital, [6] [7] and a police officer who was investigating the incident is also seriously ill. [8]

The poisoning is being investigated by British authorities as attempted murder. [4] On 14 March, the British government formally accused the Russian state of attempted murder and announced a series of punitive measures against Russia. The United Kingdom received support from the United States and its other allies; Russia denied the accusations. [9]

In the 1990s, Skripal was an officer for Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and he worked as a double agent for the UK's Secret Intelligence Service from 1995 until his arrest in Moscow in December 2004. Two years later, he was convicted of high treason and sentenced to 13 years in prison. He settled in the UK in 2010 following the Illegals Program spy swap. Yulia Skripal is a Russian citizen, [10] [11] and Sergei Skripal is a British citizen. [12]


On 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal, a 66-year-old resident of Salisbury, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia, who had flown into London's Heathrow Airport from Russia the previous day, were found unconscious on a public bench in the centre of Salisbury. [13] [14] [15] An eyewitness saw Yulia foaming at the mouth and her eyes were wide open, but completely white. [16] Paramedics took them to Salisbury District Hospital.

According to the UK government, the pair was poisoned with a nerve agent. [17] The police declared a major incident as multiple agencies were involved. [6] Following the incident, health authorities checked 21 members of the emergency services and the public for symptoms; [18] [19] three police officers were hospitalised – two had minor injuries, while one, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who had been sent to Sergei Skripal's house, was in a serious condition. [20] [8] As of 15 March 2018 Skripal and his daughter remain critically ill, and Bailey is seriously ill but stable. [21] [22] [5]