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"The investigative department of the FSB of Russia against a U.S. citizen opened a criminal case under article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Espionage)".

Russia's domestic security service (FSB) said on Monday it had detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow, local news agencies reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with the top military staff in the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 18, 2018.

The agency said the American was detained "while carrying out an act of espionage".

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Spy scandals have also rocked diplomatic relations recently in other parts of the world.

A criminal case had been opened, the FSB said in a statement, under Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code, which allows for sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

Earlier in December, Norwegian citizen Frode Berg was detained in Russian Federation for similar charges of espionage. There has been no reaction yet from US or Russian officials on the arrest.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.


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