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Russian Agency Releases American Accused of Spying

December 07, 1997|Associated Press

MOSCOW — Bowing to U.S. pressure, Russia's intelligence agency on Saturday released an American accused of spying but said he still faces espionage charges and must remain in Russia.

The Federal Security Service said Richard L. Bliss, 29, had been released in Rostov-on-Don in exchange for a promise not to leave the southern city where he was arrested Nov. 25 after conducting land surveys.

Bliss was in good condition, U.S. diplomats in Moscow said. They said Bliss would remain in Rostov-on-Don, a major southern Russian city.

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