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Critically ill man 'former Russian spy'

Critically ill man 'former Russian spy'

A man who is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance in Wiltshire is a Russian national convicted of spying for Britain, the BBC understands.Sergei Skripal, who is 66, was granted refuge in the UK following a "spy swap" between the US and Russia in 2010.Police declared a major incident on Sunday after a man and a woman were reported ill in a shopping centre in Salisbury.The substance is still unknown.A number of locations in the city centre were cordoned off and the A&E department was closed.
Skripal, who is a retired Russian military intelligence colonel, was jailed for 13 years in 2006 for spying for Britain.He was convicted of passing the identities of Russian intelligence agents working undercover in Europe to the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6.
Sergei Skripal, pictured here on the day of his sentencing in August 2006, was jailed for 13 years
Russia said Col Skripal had been paid $100,000 for the information, which he had been supplying from the 1990s.He was one of four prisoners released by Moscow in 2010 in exchange for 10 US spies as part of a swap.Col Skripal, now believed to be 66, was later flown to Britain.This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
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