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American arrested on suspicion of espionage in Moscow

The FSB reports that it detained an American citizen in Moscow on suspicion of espionage. In recent years, accusations of espionage have been a constant theme in relations between Russia and the West.

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The FSB calls the name of the detainee - Paul Whelan. As reported on the FSB website, the American citizen was detained on December 28 "during a spy action."

A case was initiated against him under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (espionage). The maximum sentence is 20 years.

A spokesman for the US State Department said they knew about the detention of an American citizen. The Russian Foreign Ministry, according to a State Department spokesman, notified the American side of the arrest.

“Russia's obligations under the Vienna Convention require it to provide consular access. We have requested consular access and expect the Russian authorities to provide it. At this stage, for reasons of confidentiality, we can not provide additional information, ”- said in a statement from a representative of the State Department.

In recent years, accusations of espionage have been a constant theme in relations between Russia and the West, in particular the United States and Britain.

In mid-December, a trial was held in the United States over the 2018 arrested in July Russian woman Maria Butina. She was accused of criminal conspiracy to work in the United States as a foreign agent without proper registration in the Ministry of Justice.

The Russian woman pleaded guilty and made a deal with the investigation, hoping for a mitigation of punishment.

In March, Britain and a number of its Western allies sent more 100 Russian diplomats and their families in response to the former GRU agent poisoning in the English city of Salisbury Sergey Skripalme and his daughters.

The British government then accused the Russian authorities of poisoning their former agent with Novichok, a military nerve agent. Russia denied all charges and sent dozens of Western diplomats in response.

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