US "spy" arrested in Russia

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Russia has arrested an American citizen in Moscow for alleged espionage, according to the country’s security services, the FSB.

"On December 28, 2018, staff members of the Russian Federal Security Service detained U.S. citizen Paul Whelan in Moscow while on a spy mission," the FSB’s public relations center said in a statement. The statement implied that Whelan had been caught “during an act of espionage.”

Russian officials said they had launched an investigation and that Whelan could spend 10 to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty of violating Article 276 of Russia’s penal code. It is unclear what activities Whelan was allegedly engaged in. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow directed questions to the State Department.

“We are aware of the detention of a U.S. citizen by Russian authorities. We have been formally notified of the detention by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," a State Department spokesperson said. "Russia’s obligations under the Vienna Convention require them to provide consular access. We have requested this access and expect Russian authorities to provide it."

The State Department declined to provide additional information about Whelan, citing privacy concerns.

On December 26, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow posted a message on its Facebook page claiming that passport and visa services at the embassy would continue through the government shutdown. The message implied that the embassy was not working at full capacity, noting that “we will not update this account until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information.”

Whelan's arrest took place shortly after a Russian woman named Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States for attempting to infiltrate Republican political circles on behalf of the Russian government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and spokespeople for the Russian government have attempted to portray Butina as a victim, and some analysts speculated that the arrest of Whelan could be retribution for Butina’s case.
Much more: American Paul Whelan arrested in Russia on spy charges as potential retribution for Maria Butina

Don't know about retribution. But, the goal here could be to exchange this poor SOB for Butina, for sure...
 
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Of course you can, that is part of Putin's plan that Q has brought you into...
Which Q post was that one? Pretty sure that Qteam never mentioned merging nations... and eith the focus on nationalism instead of globalism... I feel like this is you making stuff up again.
 

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Interesting idea... merging 2 of the 3 superpowers. I could see some benefits to that arrangement.
If it's governed from Washington, by American laws, wtf not...

At the very least, Russian people definitely wouldn't be any worse off than they are now...
 
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If it's governed from Washington, by American laws, wtf not...

At the very least, Russian people definitely wouldn't be any worse off than they are now...
I was saying that in an off the cuff way, not as a serious proposal.

Little bit surprised that you viewed that as a potential positive. Somehow, I would think that Russia run with US laws would wind up being quite like the Wild West.
 

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