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Cyprus police arrest suspect in US-Russia spy case

NICOSIA, June 29 (Reuters) - A man suspected of being the 11th member of a U.S. spy ring allegedly working for Russia has been arrested and released on bail in Cyprus, police said on Tuesday.

Robert Christopher Metsos, 55, was arrested at Cyprus’s Larnaca airport as he tried to leave the island for Budapest early on Tuesday, police said. A magistrate released Metsos on bail of 20,000 euros ($24,410) bail to reappear in court within 30 days, when an extradition hearing will start.

“Based on the (Interpol) red notice we received, he is wanted for money laundering and espionage,” police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos told Reuters.

The man is believed to be the 11th suspect U.S. authorities say is involved in a spy ring that carried out deep-cover work in the United States to recruit political sources and gather information for the Russian government. U.S. authorities said on Monday they arrested 10 suspected spies in the ring. [ID:nLDE65S0BR] (Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Louise Ireland)