U.S. Citizen Arrested In Moscow On Suspicion Of Spying

31 December, 2018, 22:05 | Author: Emmett Rice
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American citizen Paul Whelan was arrested over three days ago in the Russian capital, the FSB was cited as saying by TASS news agency.

A USA citizen has been detained in Moscow on suspicion of spying, Russia's FSB security service has said. A criminal case has been opened against him.

The FSB domestic security service said the American was arrested on Friday "while carrying out an act of espionage".

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If convicted of espionage, Whelan faces up to 20 years in jail. The Russian service has not shared any other details on the matter. A criminal investigation was launched against the man.

Earlier this month, Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiring with a senior Russian official to infiltrate US conservatives. The move is largely seen as retribution for the USA arrest and conviction of Russian national Maria Butina for espionage. Butina, 30, is the first Russian national to be convicted of seeking to influence USA policy in the run-up to the 2016 election by acting as a foreign agent.

The U.S. State Department said it knows about "the detention of a U.S. citizen by Russian authorities" but said it had not been given formal notification by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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