Yulia Skripal, Poisoned Daughter of Ex-Spy, Out of Critical Condition
LONDON — Yulia Skripal, who was found poisoned on a park bench in a small English city earlier this month along with her father, the former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal, is showing improvement and is no longer in critical condition, the hospital that is treating her said on Thursday.
The British authorities have blamed Russia for the poisoning, which they say was carried out with a deadly nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists and known as a “novichok.” The attack has significantly raised tensions between the West and Russia, which has denied any involvement.
“I’m pleased to be able to report an improvement in the condition of Yulia Skripal,” Dr. Christine Blanshard, the medical director for Salisbury District Hospital, said in a statement. “She has responded well to treatment but continues to receive expert clinical care 24 hours a day.”
Ms. Skripal’s father remains in critical but stable condition, the hospital said in a statement. Sgt. Nick Bailey, an emergency medical worker who was also exposed to the nerve agent, was released from the hospital a week ago; there was no further word on his condition.
The announcement came a day after the British authorities said that Ms. Skripal and her father, a former colonel for Russian military intelligence who was widely believed to have been a double agent, had been poisoned after the nerve agent was applied to the front door of their house, resolving one of the many mysteries in the case.