Home of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal is purchased by Wiltshire Council for £260,000 with plans for it to become shared ownership property after refurbishment

  • Former home of poisoned ex-Russian spy was sold to Wiltshire County Council
  • Council completed the purchase of the house for £260,000 in October last year 
  • After being poisoned by Novichok, Sergei Skripal was found with his daughter Yulia in 2018.
  • Their Salisbury house had received the deadly nerve agent by spraying it onto its doorknob 

The former home of an ex-Russian spy poisoned by Novichok has been purchased by Wiltshire County Council.

Sergei Skripal’s two-bedroom Salisbury residence, which has been scrubbed clean of the nerve agent, has been sold to the authority for £260,000.

The present-day value of the house is almost £390,000, but the Land Registry shows the council bought the house for the same price Mr Skripal paid for it in August 2011.

The council will now use the house under the’shared ownership’ scheme. It offers the property to residents on a basis of ‘an agreed market value.    

After the chemical Novichok, a military-grade chemical that is highly toxic to the human body was applied on their front doors, Yulia and Mr Skripal were found lying on a bench near the city’s centre. 

Sergei Skripal's two-bedroom Salisbury residence, which has been scrubbed clean of the nerve agent, has been sold to Wiltshire County Council for £260,000

Sergei Skripal’s two-bedroom Salisbury residence, which has been scrubbed clean of the nerve agent, has been sold to Wiltshire County Council for £260,000

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (Pictured) were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury city centre last year after being poisoned by the nerve agent which had been sprayed on the house's doorknob

Sergei Skripal (Pictured), and Yulia Skripal (Pictured), were discovered slumped on a Salisbury City Centre bench last year, having been poisoned with the nerve agent that had been sprayed onto the front doorknob.

Police officer Nick Bailey was seriously hurt and Charlie Rowley, Salisbury resident, were both killed in the attack. Dawn Sturgess (44), died following an accidental spraying of Novichok perfume on her wrist. 

The suspected assassins – Russian intelligence officers Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin – were caught on CCTV as they travelled from Moscow to the Wiltshire cathedral city.

Denis Sergeev (a senior Russian agent) was thought to have been the third suspect. After the failed assassination attempt, all three ran back to Russia.

The property was returned to Mr Skripal. However, Wiltshire Council declined to confirm if the sale took place with his consent and if he will receive the proceeds. 

The nerve agent was sprayed on the property's doorknob (pictured). The two suspects - known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - were caught on CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack

It was applied to the property’s front doorknob (pictured). They were seen on CCTV cameras in Salisbury that day, as well as their identities Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov.

They stated: “We can’t divulge personal data about anyone to a third-party. That would violate the data protection legislation.

Although the council stated that it would buy the property on the third anniversary, it took several months before the sale was finalized.

After the fatal nerve agent was found in the letters, the authorities cleared the house and declared it safe.

Yesterday, Phil Alford (Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member For Housing) said: “Following agreement by DEFRA, we have previously competed for the transfer 47 Christie Miller Road Salisbury. It will now be available as a community home.

Military teams spent months cleaning the two-bedroom property in Salisbury, and even removed its roof, back in 2019 before it was handed back to Mr Skripal

Salisbury property was cleaned out by military units for several months. The roof had to be removed in 2019. It was returned to Mr Skripal in 2019.

It will be renovated and brought back to use soon under our shared ownership scheme. The local residents will then be offered a market-value price.

“We are pleased to announce that the property, which is located in a beautiful area of town, will be a home for a family that can create happy memories.

“The Christie Miller Road community has gone through a lot in the past few years. We politely request that their privacy be respected to allow them to live peacefully.”