Russia Arrests American Citizen, Paul Whelan, on Allegations of Espionage

Russian security agency arrests 'US spy' in Moscow

Russian security agency arrests 'US spy' in Moscow

The investigation department of the FSB, as the domestic security service is widely known, started a criminal case and investigations are underway, Interfax said, citing the FSB.

Russias Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday that it has detained a United States citizen on suspicion of espionage. It didn't provide any details on where the person was being held.

Spying charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years in Russian Federation.

The State Department could not be immediately reached for comment. The embassy has not yet issued a statement.

United States 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.

According to Reuters, the man was allegedly arrested on December 28th, but neither the United States nor Russian Federation have commented on the nature of his alleged spying activity. Butina pled guilty last week to a conspiracy charge, but Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the charges as a "lie", saying, "I don't understand what they jailed her for". The detentions came as Beijing fumed over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.

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