A former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in England, sparking theories of Moscow's involvement

Sergei Skripal.
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A nerve agent was used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter, who were found unconscious in Salisbury, England, over the weekend, British authorities said Wednesday. The announcement comes amid suspicions that the pair were the victims of an attempted murder sanctioned by the Russian government, The New York Times reports.

Russia has been accused of murdering critics, informants, and spies on foreign soil before; a massive BuzzFeed News investigation published last summer explored other potential Kremlin assassination plots in Britain. "This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent," confirmed Britain's chief of counterterrorism, Mark Rowley. The Telegraph writes that "the medical and chemical evidence and the effects on the victims point to a sophisticated nerve toxin. The best known are VX and sarin."

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