Thu, July 22, 2010
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Freed spy plans to return to Russia

2010-07-22 14:55:11 GMT2010-07-22 22:55:11 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Russian scientist Igor Sutyagin, one of four Russians exchanged in a Russia-U.S. spy swap deal, planned to return home, the Ekho Moskvi radio station quoted him as saying Thursday.

"I'm going to return to Obninsk and fix the rickety porch of our house," he said.

In 2004, the nuclear weapon scientist was accused of spying for the United States, and faced 15 years of imprisonment.

He was pardoned after 11 years under the bilateral spy exchange deal, which occurred in Austria on July 9.

Russia pardoned three more people, jailed for spying for the U.S. in exchange for 10 people accused by the U.S. of spying for Russia.

Sutyagin currently lives in Great Britain. He did not reveal the exact terms of his return.

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