Two deported from Russia in spy swap now in UK hotel

Two of the four Russians expelled from the country in a historic spy swap are in a hotel somewhere outside London with no British visas.

Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 20:32 PM IST

Moscow: Two of the four Russians expelled
from the country in a historic spy swap are in a hotel
somewhere outside London with no British visas, according to
the brother of one of them.

Igor Sutyagin, an arms researcher, was still in prison
clothes, without money or plans, pondering whether to remain
in the country or return to his homeland, his brother told a news agency on Saturday. Sutyagin briefly called his wife,
Irina Manannikova, yesterday, in the first contact with his
family since his deportation, said the brother, Dmitry
Sutyagin.

"He said he`s in a small town on the outskirts of
London but where exactly he doesn`t know because when he was
taken there he wasn`t told anything," Dmitry Sutyagin told the
AP at his home in Obninsk, about 60 kilometers southwest of
Moscow.

Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in the Russian
military intelligence who was found guilty of passing state
secrets to Britain, is in the same hotel, Dmitry Sutyagin
said.

Sutyagin, Skripal and two other Russians convicted of
spying for the West were exchanged Friday in Vienna for 10
Russian agents deported from the United States.

The four expelled by Russia were then flown to Britain
and the plane later went to the United States. Sutyagin and
Skripal got off the plane in Britain.

Sutyagin was given a telephone card to make the call
and there was no way to call him back, the brother said.

Telephone cards often mask the number being called from so
that it does not register on caller identification systems.

Sutyagin does not yet have a British entry visa, which
limits his freedom to move, but expects to have one soon, his
brother said.

PTI