Links to FBI complaints in the Russian spy case. Click on the images to read the court documents. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin later met with the spies at a secret location in Russia after the US government released them as part of a spy exchange agreement with Moscow. By making his meeting with the spies public, Mr. Putin may have been sending a signal to other Russian “illegals” who most likely are still working in the US and in other countries. The still uncovered agents may be far more valuable to the Kremlin than the ones who got caught. In fact, this particular group may have been used to divert the FBI’s attention from more effective Russian spies. It seems unlikely that the agents who had been caught and their bosses in Moscow were unaware of the FBI’s surveillance which apparently continued for many years.