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US soldier detained in Russia “admitted guilt,” Russian state media reviews

American soldier Gordon Black, who was arrested in Russia on suspicion of theft, has “admitted guilt” and is cooperating with the investigation, Russian state information company TASS reported Thursday quoting legislation enforcement companies. 

“The accused admitted guilt and is cooperating with the investigation. This occurs in English via an interpreter,” a legislation enforcement consultant advised TASS.

Workers Sgt. Gordon Black was arrested in Vladivostok on Could 2. He’s accused of “committing secret theft” of property and inflicting “important harm,” the Pervomaisky District Courtroom of Vladivostok mentioned. 

Black stays in pre-trial detention as authorities assess whether or not he has been supplied all the things he wants, together with entry to a lawyer, the chairman of the regional Public Monitoring Fee (ONC) Vladimir Naidin advised TASS.

Black was stationed in South Korea and after finishing his service, went to Vladivostok to go to a Russian girl with whom he had a romantic relationship, in line with TASS. He was arrested at a time of elevated tensions between the US and Russia because the conflict in Ukraine grinds on. Nonetheless, a Russian International Ministry consultant advised TASS that the case is “not associated to politics or espionage.”

On the time of his arrest, the US State Division confirmed {that a} US citizen was detained in Russia. “We’ve got no larger precedence than the security and safety of U.S. residents abroad,” a State division spokesperson mentioned on the time. A number of different Individuals are additionally being held in Russia, together with two who’ve been declared as wrongfully detained by the US State Division – Wall Road Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and former Marine Paul Whelan.

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