Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal
A tent covers the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal became unconscious.
Location Salisbury, United Kingdom
Date 4 March 2018; 17 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 were poisoned in Salisbury, England, with a Novichok nerve agent. [3] [4] As of 15 March 2018, [5] the pair remain critically ill at Salisbury District Hospital, [6] [7] and an investigating police officer is also seriously ill. [8]

On 14 March 2018, the British government accused the Russian Federation of attempted murder and announced 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, Sergei Skripal was an officer for Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and worked as a double agent for the UK's Secret Intelligence Service from 1995 until his arrest in Moscow in December 2004. In 2006, he was convicted of treason and sentenced to 13 years in a penal colony. He settled in the UK in 2010 following the Illegals Program spy swap. Yulia Skripal is a Russian citizen [10] [11] visiting her father from Moscow, and Sergei is a British citizen. [12]


At 16:15 on 4 March 2018 a 999 call reported that 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] At 17:10, they were separately taken to Salisbury District Hospital by an ambulance and an air ambulance. [17]

According to the UK government, the pair was poisoned with a nerve agent. [18] 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; [19] [20] 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. [8] [21] As of 15 March 2018 Skripal and his daughter remain critically ill, and Bailey is seriously ill but stable. [5] [22] [23]