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Krakow said when he met the Russian representatives, one of them told him his “mission was to get this done.”

“We didn’t like him,” Krakow said. “He was very heavy-handed. It was sort of like the imperative: ‘This is what we will do.’ His manner was: ‘This is what’s going to happen.’”

And that is what happened with all 10, leaving only one pawn eluding the chess masters, at least for now. He is Christopher Metsos, on the run after posting bail in Cyprus.


Associated Press writers Kim Dozier and Pete Yost in Washington and Larry Neumeister in New York contributed to this report.