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Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley released from hospital in UK

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Emergency
workers in protective suits search around John Baker House
Sanctuary Supported Living after a major incident was declared
when a man and woman were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent on
July 6, 2018 in Salisbury, England.

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  • Charlie Rowley, 45, who was poisoned by the Soviet-era
    nerve agent Novichok, was released from a hospital in England
    three weeks after being exposed to the chemical.
  • He and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, were found
    collapsed on June 30 in his home in Amesbury, England, where
    police found a bottle containing the nerve agent.
  • Sturgess died on July 8 and the police have launched a
    murder investigation into the matter.

A British man who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok has
been released from the hospital three weeks after being exposed
to the poison, BBC
News
reported.

Charlie Rowley, 45, and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, were
found collapsed on June 30 in his home in Amesbury, England,
where police found a bottle containing the nerve agent.

Sturgess, who was a mother of three, died on July 8 and the
police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Rowley was in serious condition during the three weeks he was
hospitalized, and his brother, Matthew, told
Sky News
 he was impressed with his sibling’s quick
recovery.

“I’m very surprised because when I first saw him I thought he
would be there for months,” he said. “Obviously he’s stronger
than I thought.”

Matthew Rowley previously said the
nerve agent was found in a perfume bottle
that Sturgess had
sprayed on her wrists.

He said his brother’s recollection of the day is “very vague,”
but that he had told him some details.

“He definitely said to me that they found this bottle of
something and Dawn sprayed it on her wrists and that he picked it
up and broke it somehow — and that’s how he got it on his hands,”
Rowley told Sky News.

London Metropolitan Police, who are leading the investigation
into the Novichok poisoning, said the
nerve agent was found in a “small bottle”
in Rowley’s
Amesbury, Wiltshire, home.

Rowley and Sturgess were poisoned by the nerve agent just months
after the former
Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were exposed
to Novichok
.

Police officers believe the Russian government had a hand in the
attempted assassination of the Skripals and are looking for more
than one suspect, according to the Press Association.


The New York Times
 previously reported that
British investigators believed the father and daughter were
likely poisoned by current or former agents of Russia’s military
intelligence service, known as the GRU.

Skripal spent 15 years in the GRU and became a senior officer in
the service before leaving.

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