Putin Sings Soviet Songs With Russian Spies

He predicts they'll have 'bright lives' in Russia
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2010 5:07 PM CDT
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of motor bikers in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula Saturday.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
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(Newser) – So maybe they weren't greeted by cheering masses in Red Square, but at least the 10 recently deported Russian spies got a secret face-to-face with Vladimir Putin. He even sang Soviet-era songs with them, Reuters reports, though tragically it has no video. "I have no doubts they will have interesting, bright lives," Putin told reporters. The Russian prime minister is a former KGB agent himself, and he said he admired the spies' work.

"First (problem) was to master foreign language as your own," he said. "Think and speak it and do what are you told to do for the interest of your motherland for many years without counting on diplomatic immunity." Will Russia retaliate? "It is incorrect to ask about it," he said. "The special services live under their own laws and everyone knows what these laws are." If he sounds tough, it's probably because he rides a Harley (even if it does have three wheels).

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