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Sergei Skripal
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    (June 23, 1951- )
    Born in Kaliningrad, Russia
    Officer in the GRU (Soviet and Russian military intelligence)
    During a posting in Spain, was recruited by Britain's MI6 to become a double agent
    Arrested in Moscow (2009)
    Convicted of high treason by a military court (December, 2006)
    Sentenced to 13 years in prison
    Sent to Britain in a spy exchange (July 9, 2010)
    Found, with his daughter Yulia, unconscious on a public bench (March 8, 2018)
    Pair had been poisoned with a nerve agent, reportedly Russian-developed Novichok
    Yulia released from the hospital to a secure location (April 9, 2018)
    Sergei was discharged from the hospital (May 18, 2018)
    He was stripped of his military medals after his conviction.
    His son Sasha reportedly became a heavy drinker after his arrest.
    He was dubbed 'the spy with the Louis Vuitton bag' by the British press after pictures surfaced of him carrying the designer bag at an airport en route to a meeting with his handlers.
    He was officially retired, but continued to advise the intelligence services of countries like Estonia and the Czech Republic on Russian espionage techniques.
    He had been a championship boxer in the Soviet army.
    Before being recruited for military intelligence, he served in an elite paratrooper unit.
    Although he was in his mid to late 50s, he regularly withstood beatings from the guards in the labor camp where he served his sentence.
    Demonstrating their continued interest in him despite his ostensible retirement, the GRU hacked into his daughter's emails.
    He barely avoided joining the list of people who ticked off Vladimir Putin, then died under suspicious circumstances.

Credit: C. Fishel

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