American soldier detained in Russia reveals US military

ULast week a US soldier was arrested in Russia on charges of “criminal misconduct”. This information was published by the North American press on Monday.

According to NBC News, citing several United States military officials, the soldier was accused of robbing a woman. The soldier was stationed in South Korea and traveled to Russia on his own, not on official duty.

In a statement to the same station, Army spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith said the soldier was detained “on criminal charges” in Vladivostok, Russia, on May 2.

The Russian Federation notified the US State Department of criminal detention in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. “The Army has notified his family and the US State Department is providing appropriate consular support to the soldier in Russia. Due to the sensitivity of this matter, no further details can be provided at this time,” he added.

Russian press reported the arrest, citing a US station and a military spokesman.

Note that current US State Department travel guidance restricts citizens from traveling to Russia.

Several US citizens have been arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in that country in recent years, such as Wall Street Journal reporter Ivan Gershkovich or former Marine Paul Whelan. Washington, which has backed Ukraine against Russian aggression for two years, accuses Moscow of holding them hostage.

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