Robert Shonov, recognized as a former worker of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, was arrested within the Russian metropolis of Vladivostok and charged with conspiracy, in accordance with the Russian state information company Tass. The report didn’t determine his nationality.

Vedant Patel, a State Division spokesman, advised reporters at a briefing on Monday that he had seen the report however that “I don’t have something further to supply at the moment.”

Tass, quoting an nameless regulation enforcement official, mentioned that Mr. Shonov was accused of “collaboration on a confidential foundation with a overseas state or worldwide or overseas group.” He has been taken to Lefortovo Jail in Moscow, Tass reported, and no court docket date has been set.

Being held in isolation is commonplace at Lefortovo, a infamous high-security jail whose inmates at the moment embody Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Avenue Journal correspondent who was accused of espionage in March, fees that his employer and American officers have strongly denied. It’s also the place Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who’s serving a 16-year sentence on what the USA has mentioned are fabricated fees of espionage, was held for 20 months till his trial in 2020. He’s now at a compelled labor camp a number of hundred miles away.

Within the Soviet period, the Ok.G.B. saved Soviet dissidents on the jail, and it has been used extra just lately to isolate opponents of the Kremlin.