[FPSPACE] Update on Sutyagin
pjp961 at svol.net
Sat Jul 17 13:31:56 EDT 2010
Since JimO had expressed concern about Sutyagin, I thought it appropriate to
provide an update on what's happened with Igor S.
>From the UK Telegraph newspaper.
'Russian' spy granted right to live in UK
Igor Sutyagin, one of the "Western spies" Russia handed over to the United
States in a Cold War-style spy swap, has been granted the right to remain in
the UK indefinitely.
Andrew Osborn in Moscow
Published: 5:47PM BST 15 Jul 2010
Mr Sutyagin, a former nuclear weapons expert, was one of four men Russia
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/> exchanged to get
back ten of its own spies who were unmasked by the FBI in a massive
surveillance operation that embarrassed the Kremlin. He says he was wrongly
convicted of espionage in the first place but spent more than a decade in
Russian maximum security prisons after being found guilty of selling
military secrets to Washington.
Since his arrival in the UK, he has been staying in a hotel near London in
legal limbo. But his brother, Dmitry, said Mr Sutyagin's papers were now in
order. "I do not know what it is called in England but in practical terms it
means he now has residency rights (in the UK)," he said.
Mr Sutyagin had for now declined an offer by the UK government to help him
find work while he plotted his future, he added.
The 45-year old academic is thought to be considering whether to stay in the
UK or to return to Russia where he was granted an official pardon as part of
the spy swap deal.
Married with two children, he is said to have never wanted to leave Russia
in the first place. His lawyer said a psychologist was working with him and
that he needed time for "adaptation." Though he is known to be in the UK,
the whereabouts of another man involved in the exchange, Sergei Skripal, are
unknown. The two other men released in the deal are now in the United
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