Russian Federation detains U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying
31 December, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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.
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