Russian citizen deported from U.S. was Microsoft employee - media
A Russian citizen deported from the Untied States in the aftermath of the recent U.S.-Russian spy scandal had been living outside Seattle and working for Microsoft, the Komo News Seattle TV channel has said.
Alexey Karetnikov, 23, was deported to Russia on Tuesday on charges of violating U.S. immigration laws, according to Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, RİA Novosti reported.
Chandler said Karetnikov had admitted the charges and "agreed to deportation in lieu of further court proceedings."
The TV channel said on its website that the man had been living in the town of Redmond, to the east of Seattle.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Karetnikov obtained a U.S. visa in August 2009. Microsoft confirmed Karetnikov had been working as an entry-level software tester for less than a year, Komo News Seattle said.
Karetnikov's Facebook page indicates that he graduated from Russia's St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in 2009.
The deportation comes just days after a spy scandal between Russia and the United States ended with a swap deal. Russia pardoned and released on Friday four prisoners jailed for spying activities against Russia in exchange for ten people recently accused by the United States of spying for Russia.
No charges of spying on behalf of Russia were brought against the 23-year-old because of insufficient evidence, but U.S. media reports said his name emerged in a decade-long espionage investigation that resulted in the detention of the 10 Russian "spies."