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The cause of their illness has not yet been confirmed but the case drew immediate comparison to the murder of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko using radioactive polonium-210 believed to have been administered in a cup of tea.Investigators are understood to be reviewing the death of Litvinenkno to see if there are any similarities between the modus operandi of that case and this incident.Mr Skripal was first identified as one of the casualties by the BBC, which reported that the former spy had lived in Salisbury with his wife before she passed away.
“Because we are still at the very early stages of the investigation, we are unable to ascertain whether or not a crime has taken place.
She was sort of leant in on him, it looked like she had passed out maybe.
He was doing some strange hand movements, looking up to the sky.” Specialists are working to establish what caused the pair to fall unconscious and areas of The Maltings shopping centre and hospital have been closed for decontamination.
A spokesperson at the Russian Embassy in London told that neither Mr Skirpal’s representatives nor British authorities had contacted diplomats over his illness.
Public Health England (PHE) said anyone exposed to the unknown substance had been decontaminated “as is standard practice in situations like this”.