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Russia Launches Criminal Probe of US Citizen – Report

Russia has detained an American citizen in Moscow on accusations of spying, according to Russian state media.

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officials issued a statement on Monday saying U.S. citizen Paul Whelan had been detained on December 28 “while carrying out an act of espionage,” and that they have opened a criminal probe.

They provided no further details, but Russia’s state-run TASS news agency said that Whelan faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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