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Russian authorities accused Russian and US citizen of collecting money for the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun21,2024

Russian authorities accused a citizen of the Russian Federation and the United States of collecting money for the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Photo: Ksenia Karelina at the court hearing

Ksenia Karelina, who has American and Russian citizenship, appeared in court on Thursday, June 20, on charges of treason after the Russian authorities accused her of collecting money for the Ukrainian army, reports &quot ;Voice America.

The FSB detained Karelina in January, when she was visiting her parents and younger sister in Yekaterinburg.

Karelina was born in Russia, immigrated to the United States more than ten years ago and worked in a spa in Los Angeles. If found guilty, she faces a sentence of 12 years to life in prison.

The trial takes place behind closed doors, as is usually the case in such cases in the Russian Federation. Acquittals in cases of treason are rarely made.

US media previously reported that in February 2022, shortly after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Karelina donated about $50 to the New York-based Ukrainian charity Together for Ukraine.

A message on the court's website published on Thursday, June 20, said that the trial was postponed until August 7. No reason given.

At least a dozen Americans are currently in prison in Russia.

Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich, detained in Russia, will appear in court behind closed doors, which begins in Yekaterinburg on June 26. Last March, Russian authorities arrested him during a journalistic trip and accused him of espionage. Gershkovich, the US government and the journalist's employer, the Wall Street Journal, strongly deny the charges brought against him.

Other Americans held by Russian authorities include – former Marine Paul Whelan and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Alsu Kurmasheva.

Whelan, who has US, UK, Irish and Canadian citizenship, was arrested in 2018 and subsequently sentenced to 16 years in prison under accused of espionage. Whelan denies the charges against him.

Kurmasheva was arrested in Kazan in October while visiting her elderly mother. Authorities initially charged her with failing to register as a foreign agent, and then also accused her of distributing “fake” documents. about the Russian army. She faces up to 15 years in prison.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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