Russian Federation detains U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying

31 December, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Russian security agency arrests 'US spy' in Moscow

As tensions between the United States and Russia continue to build, it is now being reported by Russian news agency, TASS, that an American citizen named Paul Whelan has been detained by FSB officers. "The investigative department of the FSB of Russia against a USA citizen opened a criminal case under article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Espionage)".

The FSB said the man was caught "during an espionage operation" without giving further details.

The detention comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the US, including over Maria Butina, a Russian gun enthusiast who pleaded guilty earlier this month in the U.S.to conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent.

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There was no immediate comment from the White House or U.S. State Department.

Russian Federation has been entangled in multiple spy scandals in the West. The charges he faces could carry a prison term of as much as 20 years, according to Russia's criminal code.

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

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