Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

American detained on spy charges in Moscow

American detained on spy charges in Moscow

On December 28th, Russian authorities detained American Paul Whelan.

It said in a statement the American was detained on Friday "while carrying out an act of espionage" and that a criminal case had been opened.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow had no information on the arrest and referred questions to the State Department in Washington. "We have requested this access and expect Russian authorities to provide it", the department said.

Further details about the case could not be provided because of privacy concerns, the press officer said. The charges he faces could carry a prison term of as much as 20 years, according to Russia's criminal code.

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USA 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. Maria Butina allegedly tried to infiltrate the National Rifle Association in hopes of influencing USA policies in favor of Moscow.

"The speculation is that this could be retaliation for the recent conviction of Maria Butina, she's the Russian national who infiltrated the NRA and other groups", Rohde said. Earlier this month, a third Canadian citizen was detained in China.

Russia's relations with the United States have been strained due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Moscow's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

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