MADRID, Spain -- Two Russian employes of the Soviet airline Aeroflot were expelled today for spying on Spanish strategic industries.
The Europa Press news agency said Nikolai Fedorin and Vladimir Tirtishnikov left Spain on an early morning flight to Zurich, less than 24 hours after the foreign ministry ordered them out of the country.
Spanish officials said the men posed as Aeroflot technicians but had spied on Spanish industrial security plans and the country's avation production to obtain advanced technology secrets.
Fedorin and Tirtishnikov belonged to the Soviet military espionage department, the officials said.
Ten Soviets have been exposed as spies and thrown out of Spain since Moscow and Madrid established diplomatic relations after Gen. Francisco Franco's death seven years ago.