July 7th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

In Russia, talk of swapping jailed scientist for U.S. spy suspect

A Russian researcher convicted of spying for U.S. intelligence services could be exchanged for one of the suspects in the recent Russian spy scandal in the United States, according to a human rights activist who has spoken with the researcher's mother.

Ernst Chyorny, a member of the Public Committee in Defense of Scientists in Russia, told CNN on Wednesday that the mother of Igor Sutyagin, the convicted Russian spy, told him about the development.

Russia convicted Sutyagin in 2004 for spying for the United States. Chyorny said Sutyagin's mother visited her son at Moscow's Lefortovo prison Wednesday morning where he had been transferred from his prison camp in Russia's northern Archangel region.


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  1. Aleksandr Belov

    I saw Mike Kipnis and Anna Chapman together at 2008. Is this coincident or part of KGB plan to inject agents into high society USA world?

    July 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Neo

    Yeah..everything is coming to light. This just makes me laugh at the initial Russian reaction.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |