President Medvedev Bestows Highest Honors on Russian Spies

MOSCOW -- Russia's Interfax news agency is reporting that President Dmitry Medvedev has bestowed the country's highest state honors on the sleeper agents deported from the United States.

The report says the awards were made in a Kremlin ceremony on Monday, less than four months after the biggest spy swap between the U.S. and Russia since the Cold War. The report cites Medvedev's spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova.

In June, 10 Russian agents who infiltrated suburban America were deported in exchange for four people convicted in Russia of spying for the West.

The spies received a hero's welcome in Russia, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin leading them in a patriotic singalong in July.