Russia detains U.S. citizen suspected of espionage

Source : 112 Ukraine

American Paul Whelan detained in Moscow
12:47, 31 December 2018
Officers of Russian Federal Security Service
Open source

The U.S. citizen Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying, citing Russia’s Federal Security Service, Interfax reported. 

The service reported that the American was detained “during holding espionage action”. 

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The investigation department of the Federal Security Service of Russia initiated a criminal case against a US citizen under article 276 (espionage) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,’ reads the message. 

At the same time, they didn’t specify details.  

As we reported, A group of people suspected in the espionage in the interests of Russia was detained in Lithuania; ex-chairman of the Socialist People’s Front and ex-vice mayor of Vilnius Algidras Paletskis, who is under arrest since October, is among them. 

Related: Slovakia expels Russian diplomat on suspicion of spying

The second suspect is ex-chairman of the pro-Soviet organization “Yedinstvo” (Unity, -, citizen of Russia Valery Ivanov. The names of other detainees were not announced. 

Besides, Slovakia expelled one of the Russian diplomats. The military intelligence defined that the Russian conducted espionage against Bratislava and NATO member states.

Related: Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy against US

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