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Critically ill man is former Russian spy

A man who is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance in Wiltshire is a Russian national convicted of spying for Britain, the BBC understands.Sergei Skripal, 66, was granted refuge in the UK following a "spy swap" between the US and Russia in 2010.He and a woman, 33, were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday. Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury has been closed by police "as a precaution".The substance has not been identified.

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