U.S. deports another person in Russian spy case

10:18, July 14, 2010      

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U.S. officials said Tuesday a Russian who was suspected of being connected to a Russian "spy ring" was deported on immigration charges.

The man, 23-year-old Alexey Karetnikov, was ordered to leave the country Monday by an immigration judge, Homeland Security officials were quoted by local media as saying.

The man has been under surveillance since he entered the country last October.

Karetnikov admitted being in the country illegally and voluntarily agreed to be removed from the United States, said Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Homeland Security.

The suspect will face criminal and civil charges if he enters U.S. territory again without permission, said the spokesman.

Quoting government sources, CNN reported that Karetnikov was en route to Russia, flying from U.S. West Coast to Moscow.

He had been living in Seattle, Washington state, and his Facebook page indicates that he had worked at Microsoft. Karetnikov was arrested on June 28 for immigration offenses.

The report also said the deportation was not based on a suspicion that he may have passed classfiled information to Russia.

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