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Poisoned Russian Spy's Niece Running for Office in Russia

Viktoria Skripal is running for office in the Yaroslavl region north of Moscow as a candidate of 'A Just Russia' party

Associated Press

Updated:July 3, 2018, 3:27 PM IST
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Poisoned Russian Spy's Niece Running for Office in Russia
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MOSCOW: The niece of a former Russian spy who was poisoned in Britain is running for a seat in a regional legislature in Russia on the ticket of a Kremlin-controlled party.

Viktoria Skripal is running for office in the Yaroslavl region north of Moscow as a candidate of A Just Russia party, according to party spokeswoman Anastasia Pivovarova.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia survived a poison attack in the English city of Salisbury in March. Britain says they were poisoned by a nerve agent known as Novichok and that Russia was behind the attack. Moscow strongly denies the allegation.

In appearances on Russian state-controlled television Viktoria Skripal has said she doesn't trust Britain to handle the investigation.

Pivovarova said Viktoria Skripal has the support of the party because of her "active civic position."

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