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'She's so happy and full of life': Russian spy's daughter Yulia Skripal is described as a 'normal girl who wouldn't hurt anyone' as pictures emerge showing her relaxing on a beach holiday

  • Holiday photos of Yulia Skripal, 33, have emerged from Russian social media 
  • A friend from her native Moscow has described her as 'smiley, lovely and bright' 
  • She and father Sergei, 66, are still critically ill in hospital after Salisbury attack 

The daughter of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been described by a friend as a 'lovely, smiley, normal girl who wouldn't hurt anyone'.

Pictures of Yulia Skripal, 33, enjoying a relaxing beach holiday have emerged a week after she and her father, 66, were found unconscious following a deadly nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

She is still in a 'critical condition' in hospital after being deliberately infected with the substance.

Pictures of Yulia Skripal, 33, enjoying a relaxing beach holiday have emerged a week after she and her father were found unconscious following a deadly nerve agent attack in Salisbury

Pictures of Yulia Skripal, 33, enjoying a relaxing beach holiday have emerged a week after she and her father were found unconscious following a deadly nerve agent attack in Salisbury

The daughter of Russian spy Sergei Skripal (pictured) is seen frolicking in a bikini in the sea

The daughter of Russian spy Sergei Skripal (pictured) is seen frolicking in a bikini in the sea

A friend of hers living in Moscow told the Mirror: 'Yulia is usually so happy and full of life – so lovely, smiley and bright.

'She's a normal girl who wouldn't hurt anyone. She doesn't deserve to have been targeted like this.'

The friend, who asked to remain nameless, told the newspaper her and her father's attempted murder is like 'being in a horror movie'.

The 33-year-old lives in Moscow and is believed to have flown to the UK to visit her father days before they were attacked.

The 'trail of poison' investigators have been following has also revealed the pair visited her mother Liudmila's and brother Alexander's graves in Salisbury leading up to the assault.

Officers protected by Hazmat suits were yesterday pictured searching the graves for the nerve agent at the London Road graveyard, which they are believed to have found on flowers left there.

Playful selfies show Yulia with her tongue out, posing for the camera  in a grey T-shirt 

Playful selfies show Yulia with her tongue out, posing for the camera  in a grey T-shirt 

She is still in a 'critical condition' in hospital after being deliberately infected with the substance
Pictured: Yulia Skripal, 33

She is still in a 'critical condition' in hospital after being deliberately infected with the substance 

In images of Yulia posted on Russian social media, she is seen frolicking in a bikini in the sea. While playful selfies show her with her tongue out, posing for the camera.

Another shows her with her father's Persian black cat, which he is believed to have imported for thousands of pounds several years ago.

A friend told The Sun the animal, along with Mr Skripal's two pet guinea pigs, have not been seen since he was poisoned.

Neighbours fear they have been contaminated with the deadly nerve agent that nearly killed their owner and could have died. 

Yulia's friend also told the Mirror she 'loves England' and 'always felt safe' visiting her father in the UK.   

Yulia Skripal is pictured with her father's Persian cat, which neighbours say has disappeared and could've been poisoned

Yulia Skripal is pictured with her father's Persian cat, which neighbours say has disappeared and could've been poisoned

Yulia and her father Sergei are pictured drinking in Salisbury on Sunday hours before they were found slumped in a 'catatonic state' on a bench in the city centre 

Yulia and her father Sergei are pictured drinking in Salisbury on Sunday hours before they were found slumped in a 'catatonic state' on a bench in the city centre 

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