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 response to the Russian state information company Tass.

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

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

Being held in isolation is commonplace at Lefortovo, a infamous high-security jail whose inmates at present embody Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Avenue Journal correspondent who was accused of espionage in March, prices 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 stated are fabricated prices of espionage, was held for 20 months till his trial in 2020.

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