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To Yuliya Talmazan
The Russian State Security Service said Monday he had arrested an American citizen in Moscow on suspicion of espionage.
"arrested during an espionage" on December 28, and a preliminary investigation was initiated against him.
The security authority referred to a section of the Russian Penal Code dealing with espionage, but did not provide any information on the details of the indictment.
The State Department was not immediately available for comment.
Russia's relations with the United States were tense due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Moscow in 201
The United States and other Western countries have imposed sanctions on Russian officials, companies and banks.
The recent round of sanctions "in response to Russia's continued disregard of international standards," including earlier this month, announced Moscow's alleged involvement in the US 2016 election.
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