Former Russian ‘spy’ fights for life in Salisbury hospital after being exposed to unknown substance

A former Russian spy who was given refuge in the UK after being convicted of spying for Britain is fighting for his life after being exposed to an unknown substance.

Sergei Skripal, 66, who passed secrets to MI6 through a James Bond-style fake rock in Moscow, and a 33-year-old woman were found slumped on a bench in a busy shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday.

He is critically ill along with the woman after they were both found at The Maltings shopping centre in a case that immediately drew parallels to the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.