Russia Arrests US-Russian Citizen for Raising Funds for Ukraine

US-Russian Arrested for Raising Funds for Ukraine

( – On Tuesday, Russian authorities arrested a US-Russian citizen on suspicion of treason for raising funds to support Ukraine’s military.

The woman, who hasn’t been identified, was arrested in Yekaterinburg, which is the same place where journalist Evan Gershkovich was arrested. Russia FSB said, “The Federal Security Service in Yekaterinburg suppressed the illegal activities of a 33-year-old resident of Los Angeles, who has dual citizenship of Russia and the United States,” regarding the situation.

Officials in Russia said that the woman was collecting funds on behalf of a Ukrainian organization that would pass it over to the Ukrainian military. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said, “We are aware of the case. We are seeking consular assistance that has not yet been granted.”

This advancement into an arrest was made right after journalist Evan Gershkovich was recently denied an appeal and will be held in jail until at least March 30. The United States, and Wall Street Journal, both still say that Gershkovich was wrongfully arrested. This has shined light onto the number of arrests Russia has made over the last few years of journalists, U.S. citizens, and others for various charges.

In January, Russian officials arrested U.S. citizen Robert Woodland Romanov on drug charges. Russian officials stated that they were planning to keep Romanov in custody for at least two months while they investigated, as they claimed he was preparing to take part in illegal drug trafficking.

Last October a journalist, Alsu Kurmasheva, who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Russia was arrested and charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent. In December 2018, Paul Whelan from Michigan was also arrested in Russia, charged with espionage, and sentenced to 16 years.

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