Russian Federation detains American in Moscow over alleged spying

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Its statement identified the person in Russian, with the AFP news agency saying the name appeared to translate as Paul Whelan.

There was no immediate comment from the White House or U.S. State Department.

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The FSB said the man was caught "during an espionage operation" without giving further details. In addition to a response to Butina's arrest, Rohde pointed out that Russian President Vladimir Putin was sending a clear message to President Donald Trump for the New Year.

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. In recent months the FSB has reported an increase of western-led espionage within Russian borders at a time when the country is also facing allegations of spying and interference in Europe and the US.

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If convicted on espionage charges Whelan could face up to 20 years in prison while U.S. - Russian Federation relations could take a substantial hit causing additional tensions to rise between the nations.

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