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Russian spies deported from U.S. arrive to Moscow from Austria

RIA Novosti

18:28 09/07/2010

MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti) - Ten convicted Russian spies deported from the United States arrived on Friday at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport on a Russian Emergency Ministry plane, the airport said.

The ten pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of failing to register as agents of a foreign government and were deported from the United States in exchange for the release by Russia of four Russians convicted of spying for the West and pardoned by President Dmitry Medvedev.

The spies were flown out of Vienna to Moscow after arriving on a charter flight from New York.

The ten convicted Russian spies in the United States are Anna Chapman, Mikhail Kutzik and Natalia Pereverzeva, both of whom had been living under the names Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills, Mikhail Semenko, Juan Lazaro and Vicky Pelaez, Richard and Cynthia Murphy, whose real names are Vladimir Guryev and Lidiya Guryeva, Tracey Lee Ann Foley and Donald Howard Heathfield, whose real names are Andrei Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova.

British media said that the four convicted of spying for the West have arrived at the UK Brize Norton airbase in West Oxfordshire.

The Russian spies in the United States agreed never to return without permission from the attorney general.

The Kremlin said on Friday that Medvedev signed a decree to pardon four individuals imprisoned in Russia for allegedly working for Western intelligence agencies.

The pardoned individuals are Alexander Zaporozhsky, Gennady Vasilenko, Sergei Skripal and Igor Sutyagin.

All four appealed to the Russian president to free them after admitting their crimes against the Russian state, press secretary Natalia Timakova said.

U.S. officials also said that the arrest of alleged Russian spies shortly after Medvedev's visit to the United States was a coincidence and was forced by the fact that one of the suspects had immediate plans to leave the country.

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