Freed Russian spies flying home: Russian official

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Ten Russians who admitted to being agents in the United States were Friday en route to Russia in a flight from Vienna, a source in the Russian intelligence services said.

"The Russian citizens previously arrested in the United States have taken off on a Russian plane from Vienna for the motherland," the source said in a statement quoted by all Russia's main news agencies.

No further details were given.

Two Russian and American aircraft, presumed to be carrying a total of 14 spies between them, were earlier seen taking off from Vienna in the biggest espionage swap since the Cold War.

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