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UK News Yulia Skripal's best friend says poisoned spy's daughter deleted online family photos 'so no other loved ones could be tracked down

20:45  11 april  2018
20:45  11 april  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Relative says Skripals are 'getting better'

  Relative says Skripals are 'getting better' Yulia Skripal is reported by Russian state TV to have told a relative both she and her father are "fine" and "getting better".The 33-year-old daughter of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, is claimed to have told her cousin by phone that neither she nor her father had health problems that could not be fixed.

Yulia Skripal ' s best friend says poisoned spy ' s daughter deleted online family photos ' so no other loved ones could be tracked down . Yulia Skripal , 66, has only just been released from hospital after poison plot. Best friend Irina Petrova said Miss Skripal usually said when she went abroad.

On 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal , a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK' s intelligence services, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury, England, with a Novichok nerve agent

Yulia Skripal, 33, was found critically ill on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on March 4 © Social Media Yulia Skripal, 33, was found critically ill on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on March 4 The daughter of a former Russian spy poisoned in Britain deleted online family photos 'so no other loved ones could be tracked down', a friend has revealed.

Yulia Skripal, 33, the daughter of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, has only just been released from hospital after being found critically ill alongside him on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on March 4.

Her best friend Irina Petrova said she was surprised to hear Miss Skripal was in England without telling her, because she usually told her when she went abroad.

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  Hopes raised Skripals could aid attack probe The recovery of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has raised hopes the pair could provide new clues to officers investigating the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. It was revealed on Friday that the former Russian double agent was no longer in a critical condition and was "responding well to treatment" at Salisbury District Hospital, more than a month after he and Ms Skripal were found unconscious on a park bench in the Wiltshire city.

A friend says Yulia Skripal , who is critically ill alongside father Sergei, has done nothing to deserve it. Ms Petrova said no one knew who her father was before the arrest, but noted that Mr Skripal was often abroad and that his work had brought the family to Malta for a time.

Russian spy ' s daughter Yulia Skripal was poisoned 'days after gaining access to a secret £150,000 The money belonged to Yulia ' s brother who died in mysterious circumstances The pair were poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury

She added that Miss Skripal, her best friend of 27 years, did not tell her when her mother or brother died in a series of family tragedies.

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Miss Skripal's mother Liudmila died in 2012 aged 60, one year after she and Mr Skripal had bought a semi-detached home in Salisbury.

Then four years later her brother Alexander, 43, also died in St Petersburg – but there have been conflicting reports over the circumstances of their deaths. 

Ms Petrova told Grazia magazine: 'Year after year, everybody was dead. It was so quick. I found out from my mother, who bumped into Yulia in the street in Moscow.

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  Russia questions visa denial for Skripal relative The Russian Embassy has questioned why a relative of Sergei and Yulia Skripal has been denied a visa to visit them in the UK. Viktoria Skripal, a cousin of Ms Skripal who has claimed the UK has "something to hide", wanted to travel from Moscow to visit the pair as they recover from the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, but has been denied entry to Britain.In a statement, the Russian Embassy accused the Foreign Office of failing to answer questions over why her application had been rejected.

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Yulia Skripal ' s best friend says poisoned spy ' s daughter deleted online family photos ' so no other loved ones could be tracked down . Yulia Skripal , 66, has only just been released from hospital after poison plot.

a person standing in front of a building: Her best friend Irina Petrova (pictured in Grazia) said she was surprised to hear Miss Skripal was in England without telling her, because she usually told her when she went abroad © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Her best friend Irina Petrova (pictured in Grazia) said she was surprised to hear Miss Skripal was in England without telling her, because she usually told her when she went abroad 'I asked what happened and she told me it was cancer. After the mysterious death of her brother, I was shocked. He was a big, healthy guy.

'After that she deleted all photos with relatives from her social media – maybe so no other loved ones could be tracked down. She used to post a lot of photos of her brother and her father.'

She added that Miss Skripal might have deliberately held off having children, saying: 'She loved kids, but it's a difficult life. If you look at what's happened, she couldn't predict anything.'

Ms Petrova also told how her best friend was often home alone in Moscow because her boyfriend worked night shifts in what she describes as 'a special government organisation'.

Poisoned spy's daughter Yulia Skripal 'is being discharged from hospital' five weeks after Salisbury nerve agent attack

  Poisoned spy's daughter Yulia Skripal 'is being discharged from hospital' five weeks after Salisbury nerve agent attack Yulia Skripal and her father were targeted in Salisbury five weeks ago and have been in hospital since. She was due to be discharged yesterday, but source could not confirm it had happened, according to Sky News.Sources told Sky News she was due to be discharged yesterday, but could not confirm it had happened.A statement from her doctors is reportedly expected today.

Yulia Skripal , 33, discovered next to her father on bench in Salisbury, is in critical condition.

The poisoned daughter of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal was quizzed by officials with the protection of an armed guard. The ex- spy ' s cousin, Natalia Pestova, 65, spoke out in Siberia after reports that the poisoned 33-year-old and her ex- spy father Sergei could be given political asylum or new

She said she did not know him and he does not have a social media presence, adding: 'Because of his job he isn't allowed to travel abroad.'

a person sitting at a table eating and drinking wine: Miss Skripal, the daughter of ex-spy Sergei Skripal (pictured together) has only just been released from hospital after being found critically ill alongside him in Salisbury last month © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Skripal, the daughter of ex-spy Sergei Skripal (pictured together) has only just been released from hospital after being found critically ill alongside him in Salisbury last month Miss Skripal's mysterious fiance was named for the first time last week as Stepan Vikeev, 30, but he has had no contact with her or her family since the attack.

The friend also said that when she first heard about the Salisbury attack, she thought: 'This can't be Yulia. I didn't even know she was in England.'

Asked whether Miss Skripal would usually tell her when she made a trip abroad, she added: 'Yes, of course. She told me when she went to England for New Year in 2017. But I suppose she doesn't have to tell me about her every step.'

Miss Skripal hadn't worked at PepsiCo, the company she told her best friend she worked, at for more than a year. Ms Petrova said this was 'pretty strange', but admitted that her friend had been 'private' and 'an introvert'.

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Reveals what family life was like for the former Russian spy ' s daughter . The grave of Yulia Skripal ' s brother Alexander (Getty). Yulia has since woken from a coma, while After that she deleted all photos with relatives from social media – maybe so no other loved ones could be tracked down ."

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And speaking about her cousin Viktoria, who wants to take Miss Skripal home to Russia now, she said she found it strange, adding: 'Viktoria wasn't too close to Yulia.'

a group of people standing in front of a truck: Police stand outside the home of former Russian spy Mr Skripal in Salisbury last month © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Police stand outside the home of former Russian spy Mr Skripal in Salisbury last month Miss Skripal has told British authorities she does not wish to speak to Russian officials as she continues to recover from a nerve agent attack.

A diplomatic battle has been raging between the two nations over whether the Russian embassy should be allowed access to her.

Ms Skripal, found critically ill alongside her 66-year-old father on a bench last month, was discharged from a hospital in Salisbury this week.

It is believed that British authorities immediately took her away to a secure location.

The embassy reacted angrily to the news, suggesting in a series of tweets that the Russian national had been taken against her will.

However, it is understood that the offer of consular support from Russia was presented to Ms Skripal - and rejected.

Miss Skripal has told British authorities she does not wish to speak to Russian officials as she continues to recover from a nerve agent attack that was also carried out on her father © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Skripal has told British authorities she does not wish to speak to Russian officials as she continues to recover from a nerve agent attack that was also carried out on her father She is believed to have expressed no interest in talking to consular officials. Russia remains the prime suspect for carrying out the attack on Mr Skripal and his daughter.

Russia congratulates Yulia Skripal on recovery after attack

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Holiday photos of Yulia Skripal , 33, have emerged from Russian social media. The daughter of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been described by a friend as a Yulia Skripal is pictured with her father' s Persian cat, which neighbours say has disappeared and could 've been poisoned .

Critically-ill daughter of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal was in a 'stormy relationship with a Sergei Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital following a nerve agent attack The former Russian spy and Yulia were found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: 'We have previously passed on the Russian embassy's offer of consular support to Yulia.

'She is free to decide on whether she wishes to pursue that. To date, we understand she has not done so.'

The embassy remains perturbed by a refusal from UK authorities to grant Ms Skripal's cousin Viktoria a visa to visit her family.

It escalated the war of words on Tuesday, saying in a series of statements posted on social media: 'Secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation.'

Ms Skripal's release from hospital was met with a similar broadside from the embassy, which has repeatedly criticised the handling of the investigation into the attack.

a police car parked on the side of a road: Police stand next to a cordon in Salisbury following the poison plot in the city last month © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Police stand next to a cordon in Salisbury following the poison plot in the city last month In a statement, a spokesman said: 'We congratulate Yulia on her recovery. Yet we need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.'

Continuing the onslaught of scepticism yesterday morning, it suggested reports Ms Skripal had turned down consular assistance actually revealed she is being 'held hostage by the same people who destroy evidence and fail to come up with a single official account of the crime'.

The full interview with Irina Petrova appears in this week’s Grazia, which is on sale now © Daily Mail The full interview with Irina Petrova appears in this week’s Grazia, which is on sale now Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov previously said it was 'outrageous' that Britain had failed to provide consular access to Ms Skripal as news of her improving condition was announced earlier this month.

Her release from hospital was announced by Salisbury District Hospital medical director Dr Christine Blanshard yesterday.

She said: 'Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we've been providing. But, equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery.

'I want to take this opportunity to wish Yulia well. This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone.'

She added: 'Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course.'

The former double agent was jailed in Russia for selling secrets to MI6 but was released as part of a spy swap deal in 2010 and settled in the UK.

It is hoped he will soon be fit for release from hospital, despite grave fears that the exposure to military-grade nerve agent Novichok on March 4 would prove fatal.

Britain has said that Russian state involvement is the only plausible explanation for the attack and has led a worldwide reaction involving the expulsion of more than 100 diplomats.

Salisbury nerve agent was 'delivered in liquid form', Department for Environment reveals .
<p>The nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury was delivered "in a liquid form", it has been revealed.</p>The Department for Environment said one primary location was targeted - the Skripal's Wiltshire home.

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