Russian arrested by FBI after arrest of Navy Paul Whelan

On Saturday, Moscow announced on Saturday that a Russian national, Dmitry Makarenko, was arrested by US security services in the aftermath of Russia’s arrest of Paul Whelan , a former US-British navy accused of espionage.

Dmitry Makarenko was arrested by the FBI on December 29 in the Northern Mariana Islands, north of the island of Guam in the middle of the Pacific, and transferred to Florida, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Makarenko, born in 1979, arrived on Saipan Island with his wife, young children and elderly parents. He was arrested by FBI agents as soon as he arrived at the airport.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moscow said it was waiting for Washington’s explanation of the reasons for the arrest, which could not be confirmed immediately with the US authorities concerned.

A fugitive, according to the United States

According to court documents filed in South Florida District Court, Makarenko was charged in June 2017 with selling defense equipment, including night vision goggles, from the United States to Russia. , without the approval of US authorities.

Makarenko, who would reside in Vladivostok, was declared a fugitive by US justice in January 2018.

His alleged accomplice, Vladimir Nevidomy, pleaded guilty in this case in June 2018 and was sentenced to 26 months in prison, show these same documents.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov also ruled out an exchange between Paul Whelan and Maria Boutina, a young Russian detained in the United States for seeking to infiltrate on behalf of Moscow American, including the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA). The idea had been raised this week by US officials.

“I see no reason to talk about this case in a context of exchanges,” said Sergei Riabkov, quoted by the agency Interfax.

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