Freed Russian spy reportedly sickened after mystery exposure

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006 file photo, Sergei Skripal speaks to his lawyer from behind bars seen on a screen of a monitor outside a courtroom in Moscow. It has been reported on Monday, March 5, 2018 by the British media that Skripal is in critical condition after exposure to ‘unknown substance’ in English city of Salisbury. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)

SALISBURY, England — A former Russian spy was critically ill after exposure to an “unknown substance,” British media reported in a case that immediately drew parallels to the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

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