PRAGUE — The aging Russian spy had been a free man for only a few years when he turned up in Prague for a secret meeting with his former adversaries. He looked ill, but acted jovial, drinking with his Czech hosts and joking that his doctor had prescribed whiskey for high blood pressure.
"Skripal Was Retired, but Still in the Spy Game. Is That Why He Was Poisoned?" is from the May 14, 2018 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Michael Schwirtz and Ellen Barry and narrated by Kristi Burns.