Russian, US spy swap flights takes off from Vienna

Russian and U.S. flights involved in landmark spyswap have taken off from Vienna, signaling the end of an exchangeof up to 14 prisoners by Moscow and Washington.

A Russian government plane with 10 agents deported from the U.S.believed on board took off first Friday as part of the largest spyswap since the Cold War.

Just minutes later, a U.S. charter flight apparently carryingfour Russians released by Moscow in exchange also left the tarmac.

Both Russia and the U.S. have won admissions of crimes from thesubjects of the exchange, signed confessions in Russia and guiltypleas in the U.S.

The deal means freedom for two former Russian intelligencecolonels who had been convicted of compromising dozens of valuableSoviet agents operating in the West. Two others also convicted ofbetraying Moscow were wrapped into the deal.

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