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Ex-spy’s daughter ‘released’

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British media reported last night that Yulia Skripal, one of two Russians poisoned by nerve agent, has been released from the hospital.

BBC News said Skripal, 33, had been discharged from hospital and taken to a “secure” location.

The British Government is likely to keep details about her location secret given the sensitivit­y of the case.

If she is well enough, she is likely to be extensivel­y questioned by British security officials and police about her recollecti­on of events leading up to her poisoning, which sparked a major confrontat­ion between Britain and Russia.

Skripal was in critical condition after the March 4 nerve agent attack, apparently aimed at her father, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. She had arrived on an Easter visit from Moscow the day before the attack.

Her father remains hospitalis­ed but officials say he is improving rapidly.

Sergei Skripal, 66, is a former Russian military intelligen­ce officer who was convicted in Russia of spying for Britain. He was imprisoned in Russia and eventually settled in England after a “spy swap”.

Britain has accused the Russian Government of mastermind­ing the attack on the Skripals, who were found unconsciou­s on a bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

British officials say Russia had the means and the motive to attack Sergei Skripal, who was convicted of betraying Russia.

The British Government maintains the Skripals were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent that could only have been made in Russia. Russia has denied the allegation, but the anger over the incident has led to a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from countries aligned with Britain. Russia in turn expelled diplomats from a number of countries that have sided with Britain.

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