Igor Sutyagin exchanged for Russian spies?

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Russian scientist Igor Sutyagin, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of spying, will be exchanged for yet-unnamed Russian citizens.

This was announced today in Moscow, told journalists Sutyagin's lawyer and relatives.

As the Radio Liberty correspondent, who visited the press conference, the brother Dmitry Sutyagin said that the scientist had to sign a written confession of guilt and agree to the expulsion from the country. Such were the terms of the exchange.

On the eve Igor Sutyagin was brought from the prison where he was serving his sentence in a detention center in Moscow.

Executive secretary of the Public Committee for the Protection of scientists Ernst Cherny said the agency "Interfax" that a scientist Igor Sutyagin, convicted of treason and espionage, can be sent to the UK.

It was decided the decision to send him to England in exchange for some people who need more Russian than Sutyagin

"Sutyagin was taken out of the camp the day before yesterday, in which he served his sentence, and taken to Moscow, to the detention center" Lyafortava. " It was decided the decision to send him to England in exchange for some people who need more Russian than Sutyagin, "- said Ernest black. Moreover, human rights activist fleshed time the alleged expulsion:" It seems that Sutyagin deported to England tomorrow. With Sutyagin was negotiated. "

The fact of transfer of Igor Sutyagin in Moscow confirmed the Russian Academy of Sciences, head of the Public Committee for the Protection of scientists Yuri Ryzhov.

Representatives of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation refused to comment on the movement of the prisoner Sutyagin, not disputing the fact that Igor Sutyagin is now in a Moscow detention center, where he was placed on the eve transferred from a penal colony in the Arkhangelsk region. It is known that no further investigation and court proceedings related to the case Sutyagin in Moscow is not planned.

The former head of the sector of military-technical and military-economic policy of the Institute of USA and Canada, Igor Sutyagin was convicted in 2004 of 15 years in prison. The wording of the charges can be called unique: Sutyagin, who had no access to classified information "collected from open publications, and other sources have been identified due to analytical data on Russia, which is a state secret." Nevertheless, a jury unanimously found him guilty of spying for the United States. At the moment, Igor Sutyagin had to depart more than 10 years of his life, taking into account pre-trial detention (he was arrested in late October 1999.)

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