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Spy Sutyagin wants to return to Russia, has plans for book

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Igor Sutyagin, one of four Russians exchanged as part of a Russian-U.S. spy swap in early July, said on Tuesday he hopes to return to Russia to take care of his family.

Igor Sutyagin, one of four Russians exchanged as part of a Russian-U.S. spy swap in early July, said on Tuesday he hopes to return to Russia to take care of his family.

"I want to return home; I have friends there, and my parents. I don't want to be cut off from my Motherland," Sutyagin told RIA Novosti after a meeting with a group of businessmen and journalists in London.

A former disarmament researcher, Sutyagin currently lives in Britain.

Sutyagin was sentenced in 2004 in Russia to 15 years in prison for passing information to a British company linked to the CIA. He did not admit his guilt.

Under the spy exchange deal, which took place in Vienna on July 9, 2010, 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.

"I need to find a way to feed my family, to build, maintain and protect its future," he said.

Sutyagin said he is thinking of publishing a book based on material he collected during his time in prison.

LONDON, September 28 (RIA Novosti) 

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