Russian arms expert in spy swap near London: brother

10th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Igor Sutyagin, a Russian arms expert figuring in the Russian-US spy swap, has contacted his wife and said he was at a hotel in a "small town" near London, his brother Dmitry said on Saturday.

"Igor called his wife, he said he was in a small town near London," Dmitry Sutyagin told AFP.

Sutyagin was at a hotel with another of the four Russians convicted of spying for the West and exchanged for 10 Kremlin agents, said Dmitry Sutyagin, adding he did not know the name of the second man.

The plane that on Friday took the four Russians out of the country reportedly made a brief stop at the Brize Norton air base in central England before landing in the United States.

According to British media reports, Sutyagin and Sergei Skripal, a former colonel with Russian military intelligence GRU convicted of spying for Britain, were dropped off in the UK.

© 2010 AFP

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