Today is the first of the candidates to "spy swap" can fly from Russia to the UK. The greatest mystery to the media remain the names of those who may offer to exchange Russian.
Russian media extend the list. Besides researcher Igor Sutyagin and former military intelligence colonel Sergei violinists, according to a "merchant" are considered, and the names of the former intelligence agent Alexander Zaporozhye and a CIA agent Alexander Sypachova.
Sutyagin was sentenced in 2004 to 15 years in prison for spying for the United States, Skrypal — in 2006 as a British spy. Zaporizhia was awarded in 2003, 18 in Sypachovu — eight. A wave of speculation caused by the message that the list could be the name and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was convicted of tax fraud.
According to Sutyagin's lawyer Anna Stavitskaya exchange procedure has certain rules. But the condition is put to convict pleaded guilty and then appealed to President Medvedev to pardon. Sutyagin's mother Svetlana said on Thursday that her son and other members of the exchange have a plane to forward to Vienna and then to London.
According to the newspaper «The New York Times", the U.S. government wants to quickly zmestsi spy aferu from the table to the satisfaction of both parties, who do not want deterioration of relations. Though some of the detainees in the U.S. agents could face up to 25 years in prison (who had it all suspected of laundering dirty money) for guilty pleas court may give them more lenient sentences. then they would have been expelled from the country.
Spy swap — a long-standing practice. Take, for example, the exchange in 1962, the famous Russian spy Rudolf Abel for American pilot Francis Powers, who was beaten in the intelligence plane over Sverdlovsk and convicted of espionage. Exchange took place on the Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, where at that time there gearbox between West Germany and East Germany. Thereafter the first case of spies here have changed many times and the press began to call Glienicke only as "spyware bridge." So, it is in 1986 changed the Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky on one of the Soviet spies arrested in the United States.