Deadly nerve agent found on front door

A former Russian double agent and his daughter who were poisoned by a powerful nerve agent may have come into contact with the deadly substance at their front door.

On March 4, Sergei Skripal, 66, and Yulia Skripal, 33, were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, England.

Skripal was arrested in 2006 for passing state secrets to Britain’s MI6, including the identification of 300 Russian agents. He was released in 2010 as part of a prisoner swap, and living in England ever since. His daughter Yulia was visiting from Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that investigators had concluded that it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the poisoning. The nerve agent used, Novichok, was part of a chemical weapons program developed in Russia several decades ago.

In response to the attack, Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats, the United States expelled 60 Russian diplomats, and 25 additional countries sent 100 Russian spies and diplomats packing.

What is Novichok? Geek out on it here.

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