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Yulia Skripal with family cat Nash van Drake, who the UK authorities allowed to die for reasons that have not been clarified.

Yulia Skripal has been discharged from hospital, according to doctors there – but we don’t know where she has gone.

Channel 4 News has said the Russian embassy has accused British officials of “isolating” Ms Skripal, the daughter of the former spy who was targeted in the Salisbury poison gas attack, and “concealing important evidence”.

The report stated: “The 33-year-old Russian national was discharged from hospital [on April 9] and taken to what’s described as a ‘secure location’. Medical staff said she had asked for privacy, stressing it was not the end of her treatment, but ‘marked a significant milestone’.”

Does it really matter where she has gone?

And does it really matter what evidence she has?

If Ms Skripal were to discuss the events which led to her hospitalisation, it doesn’t matter what she would say; half the people listening would not believe it.

If she supported the UK government’s story (or stories, because there are many and they all seem to contradict each other), then the Russians wouldn’t believe her.

If she supported Russia’s claims, the UK government wouldn’t believe her.

Better for her to keep her head down.

The evidence that matters is held by the medical staff who treated her at Salisbury District Hospital. We can work out what happened to her from the treatment she received.

But it is understood that staff are being monitored – intimidated, really – by UK security services.

There remains the fact that Ms Skripal is a citizen of Russia – not the UK.

That will be a matter for diplomats to sort out.

What a shame. Diplomacy is in short supply at the moment.


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