Russia arrests girl with twin US-Russian citizenship for ‘treason’ | EUROtoday

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Russia’s FSB safety companies stated on Tuesday it had arrested a US-Russian girl suspected of treason for elevating funds for the Ukrainian military.

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The FSB within the central Urals metropolis of Yekaterinburg stated it had “suppressed the illegal activities” of a 33-year-old girl, a resident of Los Angeles with twin citizenship, and brought her into custody.

It stated the unnamed girl had been “proactively collecting funds… which were subsequently used to purchase tactical medical items, equipment, means of destruction and ammunition for the Ukrainian armed forces”.

Russian state information company RIA Novosti posted a video from the FSB displaying hooded officers handcuffing and escorting a girl in a white coat with a white hat pulled down over her eyes.

The FSB stated she had been performing “against the security of our country” and had been supporting the Ukrainian military whereas within the United States.

Treason is punishable by as much as life in jail underneath laws toughened because the begin of the navy offensive.

Several US nationals are at present imprisoned in Russia, together with Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.

He was arrested final 12 months on espionage fees that he, his employer and the US authorities have rejected.

Another joint US-Russian citizen, journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, can also be being held in pre-trial detention.

He faces fees of failing to register as a “foreign agent” and contravening Russia’s strict navy censorship legal guidelines.

Former US marine Paul Whelan has been in jail in Russia since 2018, serving a 16-year sentence on espionage fees.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated he needs to barter a prisoner change to swap Russians imprisoned overseas for US residents detained in Russia.