Investigators determine approximate time of poison application to Skripals’ front door
The nerve agent had been applied no more than a day until they lost consciousness.
In the British Salisbury, the investigation into the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia found that the nerve agent had been applied to the door of their house within 24 hours before they were discovered unconscious on a bench near Maltings Shopping Center, The Guardian reports.
According to the investigation, the substance was smeared on the front door already after the arrival of Yulia Skripal, who came to the UK from Russia on March 3. The Skripals left the house at 9 am on March 4. At 4 pm they were found unconscious near the shopping center.
Police officer Nick Bailey, who also spent several weeks in the hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent, visited the Skripals’ home after they were hospitalized to search for traces of drug use or suicide notes.
Condemned in Russia for co-operation with British intelligence agencies, former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unresponsive in the British Salisbury on March 4, 2018. The British authorities believe they were poisoned with a nerve agent of Novichok class, developed in Russia. London held the Russian authorities accountable for the attack. Twenty-three Russian diplomats were expelled from Great Britain.