Pictures of former spy Sergei Skripal with his young daughter Yulia in 1980s emerge as pair recover from Salisbury Novichok attack

The images, featured in a profile on the former intelligence officer by the New York Times, also include him and daughter Yulia when she was a child and at her graduation.


It described how his life with wife Lyudmila, who died of cancer in 2012, fell apart after he was convicted of handing classified material over to a British spy.

Skripal was released under a prisoner swap in 2010 and relocated to Salisbury, in Wiltshire.

Putin was said to have snarled of the swap at the time: “A person gives over his whole life for his homeland and then some b****** comes along and betrays such people.

“How will he be able to look into the eyes of his children, the pig.

Whatever they got in exchange for it, those 30 pieces of silver they were given, they will choke on them. Believe me.”

Locals in Wilshire described how tracksuited Skripal used to talk of his undercover antics.

Neighbour Carey said: “He used to boast about being a spy, and we would all laugh at him. We thought he was mental.”

Daughter Yulia was said to be heading to Britain in March to tell Skripal – who could not safely travel to Russia – that she was to marry her long-term boyfriend and had plans to be a mother.

She is understood to have bought a new flat and was hoping to settle down there with her partner Stepan Vikeev, 30, and their two dogs.

She boarded a flight to London on March 3 to deliver the happy news but collapsed alongside her dad in Salisbury city centre the next day.

Mr Vikeev is reported to have made no contact with the Skripals since the attack.

He is understood to have gone into hiding under the protection of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s agents.

She and her dad were found slumped on a park bench having been poisoned by Novichok.

Both are now recovering and in hiding.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two Russian military intelligence officers in the GRU, are now being hunted over the attack.

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