When police found Sergei Skripal and his daughter slumped on a bench, they suspected drugs. But it proved to be far more sinister
It is probably Salisbury’s ugliest corner, tucked away from the cathedral close and busy market square. Last Sunday afternoon, a few people were milling around the modern red-brick shopping centre. It has a Greggs, a Superdrug and a cheap greetings card shop. Plus a bench.
It was here that passersby noticed something odd: a grey-haired man, in his sixties, slumped and distinctly out of it. Next to him was a younger woman, in her thirties. Both were comatose. They looked too prosperous to fit the stereotype of junkies. Still, it seemed they may have taken drugs.
(September 7, 1978) Georgi Markov
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