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Friend: Russian may stay in Britain

LONDON, July 10 (UPI) -- A friend says Igor Sutyagin, a Russian scientist who was one of four accused spies exchanged with the United States, is now in Britain.

The friend told RIA Novosti he had a phone conversation with Sutyagin.

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"I am now in a small provincial British town. I have a Russian passport but no British entry visa," Sutyagin reportedly said.

"They promised that on Monday I will meet with officials who will decide on granting me the visa and on my further stay in Britain."

The exchange Friday occurred at a Vienna airport with the 10 spies flown from the United States on an aircraft chartered by the CIA boarding a Russian plane which had carried four men from Moscow. None of the

14 officially entered Austria.

The CIA plane landed briefly at Brize Norton, a British air base in Oxfordshire, before returning to the United States.

Sutyagin was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2004 for giving information to U.S. intelligence. Another of the four, Sergei Skripal, was convicted in 2006 for passing information to the British intelligence agency MI6.

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