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British Businessman Ordered Out of Russia; Spying Suspected

March 1, 1996

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian authorities ordered a British businessman out of the country on Friday for suspected spying, British officials said.

Britain was seeking an explanation for the ordered expulsion of Nigel Shakespeare, who was reported to be outside Russia on a business trip, a British Embassy spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry declined to confirm or deny the expulsion order.

Shakespeare, a former military attache who was expelled from Moscow in 1989 in apparent retaliation for the expulsion of Soviet diplomats and journalists from London, had returned to the Russian capital to live in 1993.

He worked for the American accounting firm Price Waterhouse until last December before joining another company, the embassy spokesman said on condition of anonymity.

Russian authorities withdrew Shakespeare’s visa and told him he could not return to Russia, the spokesman said. The businessman was accused of activities ``incompatible with his status″ _ the term traditionally used to describe spying.

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