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Russian agents arrested on US spy charges

Russian agents have been arrested for allegedly spying on the United States.

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Russian agents arrested on spying charges, just days after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama take part in a joint news conference at the White House on Thursday.

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Ten Russian intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly serving as illegal agents of the Russian government in the United States, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Eight of 10 were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, deep cover assignments in the United States on behalf of Russia.

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Two others were arrested for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States.

Each of the 10 was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison on conviction.

The cases were filed in U.S. District Court for the southern district of New York.