Russia to free four Western spies for its agents

8th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia has agreed to release four people accused of working for Western intelligence agencies in return for 10 spies who pled guilty Thursday in a US court, the Justice Department said.

"The key provision of the United States-Russia agreement is that the Russian Federation has agreed to release four individuals who are incarcerated in Russia for alleged contact with Western intelligence agencies," a statement said.

Under the deal hammered out with Moscow, the 10 agents rounded up last week in an FBI swoop all pled guilty to being foreign agents and were ordered by the judge in a New York court to be immediately deported.

© 2010 AFP

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