American detained on spy charges in Moscow

Facebookby Stavros Atlamazoglou ·
3 hours ago

Facebookby Stavros Atlamazoglou · 3 hours ago

The statement, issued in Russian, identified the American using a name that appeared to translate as Paul Whelan.

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Russia's Federal Security Service announced Monday that it detained a US citizen in Moscow last week.

The report said officers of Russia's domestic security service, the Federal Security Service (FSB), detained Whelan and opened a criminal case against him.

It provided no further details.

The arrest comes as Russia-US ties have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. A Russian national, Maria Butina, was also convicted in the United States for acting as an illegal foreign agent.

Indictments have been brought against over a dozen Russian nationals by Mueller.

U.S. intelligence services have accused Moscow of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and earlier this month convicted Russian Maria Butina of acting as an illegal foreign agent.

The arrest came with Moscow embroiled in a number of spy scandals with the West.

In a prominent case in 2013, another diplomat, Ryan Fogel, was famously arrested wearing a conspicuous blonde wig. He was expelled from Russian Federation.

"There is only one aim: to hold back Russia's development as a possible competitor", the President said.

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