April 6, 2018 / 4:08 PM / 19 days ago

Sergei Skripal's niece denied visa to come to Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - The niece of poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been denied a visa to come to Britain, the UK Home Office (interior ministry) said on Friday.

People walk past the Zizzi's restaurant, that was visited by former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia before they were found poisoned in the city centre, in Salisbury, Britain, April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Viktoria Skripal had planned to travel to Britain to take Sergei’s daughter Yulia back to Russia.

Sergei and Yulia are being treated in an English hospital after being found unconscious on March 4 after an attack with nerve agent, but both are recovering and are no longer in critical condition.

“We have refused a visitor visa application from Viktoria Skripal on the grounds that her application did not comply with the Immigration Rules,” a Home Office spokesman said.

Reporting by Alistair Smout and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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