Expelled Russian spies are 'living near London'

Two Russian spies expelled from their homeland have been removed to Britain where they are apparently staying on the outskirts of London.

They were among the four convicted of spying for the West and exchanged for ten Russian agents deported from the US in a historic spy swap.

Igor Sutyagin was said by his brother to have got off a US-bound flight in Britain along with fellow spy Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who passed state secrets to Britain.

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The pair were staying in a hotel with no visas and still wearing prison clothes, Dmitry Sutyagin said from his home in Obninsk, 35 miles from Moscow. "He said he's in a small town on the outskirts of London, but where exactly he doesn't know because when he was taken there he wasn't told anything," Mr Sutyagin said.

His brother was given a phone card to allow him to call his wife, but did not yet have a British entry visa, so his movements were limited, Mr Sutyagin said.

The four deported from Russia have been pardoned by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev so there is speculation they may be able to return to their homeland. However, Mr Sutyagin said his brother would first take stock "and consider what's going on in Russia, in England."