Here are the latest developments on the arrests of 10 people in the United States and one in Cyprus on allegations that they spied for Russia:
[Updated 12:51 p.m. ET] -Â The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed on its official website that the people arrested in the USA as part of an alleged spy ring are Russian citizens. The statement said that those arrested did not commit any actions directed towards American interests and asked for a guarantee that they would be guaranteed access to Russian consular officials and lawyers.
-Â Five more defendants in the Russian spying case have been scheduled to have court hearings Thursday, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley are scheduled to have a detention hearing in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, while a detention hearing for Michael Zottoli, Patricia Mills and Mikhail Semenko will be in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Richard Murphy, Cynthia Murphy, Juan Lazaro and Vicky Pelaez were already scheduled to have a detention hearing on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, New York. Anna Chapman had a detention hearing Monday and has no additional hearings scheduled, the Justice Department said, updating earlier information that she would be back in court July 27.
- Former Soviet spy Oleg Kalugin is "amazed" and "amused" that Moscow is engaging so heavily in espionage against Washington, he told CNN Tuesday. The head of KGB operations in the United States in the 1970s, who later left Russia to live in America, said getting the type of information the FBI says the operatives collected "does not require such a massive assault" against the United States. "I am amazed," he said. "It reminds me of the worst years of the Cold War. Why do they need to use so many people to get information that is openly available?"
- Robert Christopher Metsos was arrested in Cyprus on Tuesday in connection with the investigation, Cyprus police said. U.S. court documents say he received money from a Russian agent and buried it in a park, where other suspects later dug it up. Cyprus is alerting Washington to the detention of Metsos so the United States can begin extradition proceedings, police said.
- The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland are investigating reports that suspects used forged British and Irish passports.
- The Russian Foreign Ministry says the arrests are "regrettable" against the background of renewed U.S.-Russia relations, and the Russian foreign minister says Moscow is awaiting an explanation of the arrests.
- Ten people were arrested in the United States on charges of being Russian spies on long-term missions in the United States, the Justice Department announced Monday, with a spokesman calling them "trained Russian intelligence operatives."
- Five suspects appeared in court Monday.
- Four of the suspects who appeared in court were held as flight risks, with their next court appearance slated for July 1.
- The fifth suspect who appeared in court was denied bail, and her next hearing was scheduled for July 27.
- Search warrants are being executed "across the country," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz said Monday.
- The suspects are accused of planning to recruit other people as spies, posing as married couples, and adopting false identities, including those of dead people.
- They engaged in secret communications including exchanges of bags, money drops and use of invisible ink, as well as more modern touches such as private wireless computer networks between specific laptops, court documents said.
- Court papers name them as Vicky Pelaez, her husband Juan Lazaro, Anna Chapman, Richard Murphy, Cynthia Murphy, Donald Howard Heathfield, Tracey Lee Ann Foley, Michael Zottoli, Patricia Mills and Mikhail Semenko.
- The intelligence operation dates back to the 1990s, court papers say.
- The FBI secretly recorded, videotaped and photographed the suspects for years before the arrests, according to court papers.
- Word of the arrests came less than a week after President Barack Obama had burgers and fries with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the Russian leader's visit to Washington.