Moscow says FBI arrested Russian citizen a day after it detained ex-US Marine on suspicion of spying

Mail Online | 6/26/2014 | Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com;Reuters
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The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the United States detained one of their citizens a day after Moscow arrested American Paul Whelan on suspicion of spying.

Dmitry Makarenko was held on December 29, just 24 hours after Marine veteran Paul Nicholas Whelan, 48, was arrested accused of participating in a 'spy mission'.

Makarenko - June - Prosecutors - Defense - Articles

Makarenko was accused in June 2017 by federal prosecutors of conspiring to export defense articles from America to Russia without US approval.

He was detained by the FBI on the Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean, and transferred to Florida.

Ministry - 'Makarenko - Saipan - Island - Wife

The ministry said: 'Makarenko, born in 1979, has arrived on Saipan Island with his wife, underage children and elderly parents. He was detained by FBI personnel at the airport right after his arrival.'

Papers filed in Florida show Makarenko was accused, along with Vladimir Nevidomy, of conspiring to export defense articles including night-vision scopes.

Fugitive - January

He was declared a fugitive in January 2018.

Nevidomy, of Hallandale Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty in June 2018 and he was sentenced to 26 months in prison, the court papers showed.

Whelan - Custody - Russia - Federal - Security

Whelan was taken into custody by Russia's Federal Security Service on December 28 but his family protested his innocence, saying he was in Moscow for a wedding.

The accusations from both sides could further complicate a strained relationship between Moscow and Washington.

US - Secretary - State - Mike - Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already asked Moscow to explain Whelan's arrest and would demand his immediate return if it determined his detention is inappropriate.

The Russian ministry said in its statement that Moscow diplomats had not been able to reach Makarenko in Florida and said Washington had yet to explain his detention.

Experts - Whelan - Leverage - Return - Maria

Experts had speculated Whelan is being held as leverage for the return of Russian Maria Butina.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow could not immediately be reached for comment....
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