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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

80 Foreigners Expelled

MOSCOW -- About 80 foreigners have been expelled from the Ulyanovsk region in central Russia for alleged espionage in the last 18 months, Itar-Tass said.

The industrial region on the Volga River attracts spies because of its many factories, research centers and formerly secret installations, the news agency said Wednesday, quoting General Leonid Stepanenko, regional chief of the Federal Security Service.

The expelled foreigners were involved in collecting classified information about Russia's national property, Stepanenko said. The report did not elaborate.

Ulyanovsk, 720 kilometers east of Moscow, was Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin's hometown.