July 28th, 2010
10:11 PM ET

Putin gets patriotic with expelled Russian agents

What's a Russian prime minister to do when welcoming back 10 agents who were expelled by the United States? Sing a few patriotic songs with them, of course.

Ten agents whom the United States expelled this month after accusing them of spying recently met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. At the meeting, Putin joined the 10 in singing to live music, CNN confirmed Wednesday.

Among the songs they sang was "From Where the Motherland Begins," Putin told reporters, according to a transcript published on his website late last week.

"I am not kidding you. I am quite serious. And other songs of about the same content," Putin said.

The 10 Russian agents pleaded guilty in the United States this month for failing to register as foreign agents and were ordered out of the country.

The United States and Russia then completed a spy swap, exchanging the 10 agents convicted in the U.S. with four Russians who had been imprisoned for alleged contact with Western intelligence sources.

During his conversation with reporters, Putin pointed out that Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, has said that the uncovering of the 10 agents was due to betrayal. Putin said he knew the names of those who betrayed the 10.

"Traitors always meet with a bad end," Putin said, according to the transcript. "As a rule, they end drunk or drugged - in a ditch. One such person ended his life recently in this way abroad, and no one knows why."

Putin was asked what the 10 would do in Russia.

"They will work," Putin responded. "I'm sure they will be offered good jobs, and they will have an interesting life."

soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Dan

    @John: One the "scientists" was one the main nuclear strategy consultants. The ten Russians were failed agents tracked by FBI for many years. It is common not to arrest spies right away as they can be used to feed deliberately wrong information to the other side. In return we also got some good PR. What I don't understand is how the guy on the rightmost mug shot in the first row could pass for a Murphy.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kingofthenet

    Wait, did Putin just threaten to KILL the people responsible for exposing this? and was he making a reference to the guy who was poisoned with Radioactive Polonium?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. guntotingliberal

    You mean to tell me that NO one is outraged that these folks came to our beloved land, and the gov'ment does nothing? Man those people we exchanged better have the cure for cancer,AIDS or something meaningful. They should have let the 10 go free and let me stand right there as they left!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Idiot, this stuff happens all the time, you obviously have no clue what you're talking about. Everyone spies on everyone, even the British are spying on us right now and we are spying on them, so shut up about things you have no knowledge of.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Duh

    Umm... we have spies too? Don't cry about these, because we're doing the same thing... I don't think our spies are as hot, though.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • carbonware

      How would you know if our spies are hot or not? Take a walk through the CIA building, there are plenty of attractive women working there. I used to work with a couple at a job that required a clearance, the husband and wife team would disappear for months at a time. Once I asked them about it and they told me they did undercover foreign assignments (read foreign spies). The wife was smoking hot and said her speciality was psychological manipulation, that her looks and knowing what to do with it, along with other skills got her far more results than her husband or others in her team. I never learned exactly what they did or where they went but she was one example of a beautiful American involved in this stuff.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Myself born in Russia, and having to visit my former Mama-land recently, I feel sorry for them.

    July 29, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. JT

    The moral is: if you spy you'd better do it for a country that has something to swap for you and also has a big army!

    July 29, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
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    July 29, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. TX Girl

    Seriously, who cares about these "spies". Their home were bugged for years. They never got any top secret information for Russia. They are all a bunch of losers. Now they are stuck in hell. No other country will accept them. They didn't end up winners by any stretch of the imagination. They humiliated their children and left them wondering who their parents really are. What a tragedy.

    July 29, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Funny guy yea

    Is the last one from Arizona ? looks like she cooks beans and tortillas

    July 29, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gregg

    I am surprised Obama wasn't there with them singing

    July 29, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rickir

      I am surprised you are alive even without a brain

      July 29, 2010 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. oscarate

    is it Putin or Puto? that Russian president really sucks

    July 29, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    How come one of the subjects in the mug shots does not look like the others?

    July 29, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. guest

    this is fake news

    July 29, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. 8472

    Putin better not shoot their spouse in front of them.

    July 29, 2010 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
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