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Russia arrests American suspected of espionage

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Russia arrests American suspected of espionage

Russia arrests American suspected of espionage

Russia's state security service, the FSB, says it has detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow.

Russian media have named him as Paul Whelan, but details are scarce.

Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Russia arrests American suspected of espionage

Russia says it has detained an American citizen over alleged espionage activities and opened a criminal case against him... ...the latest twist in an increasingly tense relationship between Washington and Moscow.

Russia's FSB state security service said the American was detained on December 28th... Now, under Russian law, he could face a prison sentence between 10 and 20 years.

Earlier this year, the U.S. leveled its own accusations of spying against a Russian national... ...that case resulting in a guilty plea from Maria Butina in a deal with prosecutors...Butina admitting earlier this month to working with a top Russian official to infiltrate American conservative activist groups as an agent for Moscow.

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote Trump a letter for the New Year, saying he was ready for dialogue on "wide-ranging agenda".




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