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Russia's Medvedev pardons four jailed spies: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has pardoned four people jailed for passing secrets to the West as part of a Cold War-style spy swap with the United States, local news agencies reported on Friday.

Medvedev signed a decree to pardon Alexander Zaporozhsky, Gennady Vasilenko, Igor Sutyagin and Sergei Skripal, who are all serving prison terms for espionage, his spokeswoman Natalya Timakova was quoted by Russia’s state RIA news agency as saying.

Under the spy swap, 10 people who were arrested on suspicion of being Russian agents will be deported from the United States and Moscow will send four jailed spies to the West.

Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Guy Faulconbridge

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