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Scientist Igor Sutyagin, who was one of four Russians exchanged on Friday as part of a Russia-U.S. spy swap deal, will receive a British visa on July 14, Sutyagin's lawyer told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Scientist Igor Sutyagin, who was one of four Russians exchanged on Friday as part of a Russia-U.S. spy swap deal, will receive a British visa on July 14, Sutyagin's lawyer told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

"Sutyagin will receive a British visa on Wednesday...He still does not now where exactly he is," Anna Stavitskaya said, adding that a psychologist is working with her client.

However, the Russian embassy in the U.K. has not received confirmation of Sutyagin's presence in the country, Ambassador Yuri Fedotov said.

Earlier, the scientist told his relatives in a phone conversation he was in a small provincial British town.

"I have a Russian passport but no British entry visa," Sutyagin was quoted as saying.

In April 2004, Sutyagin, a Russian arms control and nuclear weapons specialist, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Arkhangelsk, northwest Russia, for sharing state secrets with U.S. military intelligence.

Under Friday's spy exchange deal, which took place in Vienna, Russia pardoned and released four prisoners jailed for spying for the United States in exchange for ten people accused by the United States of spying for Russia.

 

MOSCOW, July 13 (RIA Novosti)