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Swapped Russian 'Spy' Wants to Go Back to Russia

Igor Sutyagin insists he was innocent, calls exile a kind of prison

(Newser) - Believe it or not, Igor Sutyagin didn’t like the prisoner swap deal that freed him from the Russian prison he spent 11 years in. “It’s a very simple deal: you give your honor in exchange for your freedom,” he tells the New York Times . “If... More »

One Russian Spy Left Kids Behind

Vicky Pelaez's sons abandoned but not worried

(Newser) - The children of Vicky Pelaez, the Peruvian sent to Moscow last week with the other nine accused Russian spies, are still in the US and are penniless, their aunt tells the New York Post . The Red Cross is helping 17-year-old Juan Lazaro Jr.—whose dad's name is actually Mikhail... More »

Spy Swap Talks Started Weeks Before Arrests

Agents' kids sent to Russia or planning to go

(Newser) - The 14-person spy swap executed today at an airport in Vienna grew out of talks that started in June—weeks before the Russian spies living in the US were arrested—and the White House knew about the sleeper agents in February, reports the Washington Post . Meanwhile, the Russian agents' kids... More »

US, Russia Exchange Spies in Vienna

Planes meet in Vienna and swap agents

(Newser) - The spies have been swapped, the New York Times reports. US and Russian planes carrying their respective undercover agents landed briefly at a Vienna airport, did a passenger switch, and flew back to their homelands. In return for handing over the 10, the US got four people who had been... More »

Spy Suspects Plead Guilty Ahead of Swap

All 10 are expected to be deported to Russia tonight

(Newser) - "Richard Murphy" is really Vladimir Guryev. "Donald Howard Heathfield" is really Andrey Bezrukov. Hottie spy Anna Chapman is really ... Anna Chapman. All 10 defendants accused of being deep-cover Russian agents pleaded guilty today under their real names, reports the Wall Street Journal . The deal allows them to avoid... More »

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