Russia frees Estonian officer in Cold War-style spy swap

A still image grabbed from Estonian National Broadcasting dated from 1998 and released on February 22, 2012 shows senior national security official, Aleksei DressenRussia on Saturday freed an Estonian officer jailed for spying last month, exchanging him for a Russian spy in a Cold War-style bridge swap just days before President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the United Nations. Eston Kohver, who was sentenced in August to 15 years in a Russian jail on espionage and other charges, was exchanged for Aleksei Dressen, a former Estonian security official serving a 16-year sentence for spying for Moscow, Russia’s FSB security service said in a statement. The swap took place on Saturday on a bridge over the Piusa River that separates Russia’s western Pskov region and Estonia’s Polva county, after which Kohver was taken to Tallinn to make a statement before taking a “vacation” to reunite with family.

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