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Russia court rejects appeal by Russian-American woman accused of treason

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A Russian court docket on Thursday rejected an enchantment by a Russian-American girl towards her detention on a treason cost, in keeping with Reuters and ABC News reporters within the room. The 33-year-old Ksenia Karelina was arrested on January 27 and detained in a jail in Yekaterinburg for treason.

Based on Reuters, the Russian Federal Safety Service (FSB) safety service reported final week that Karelina had been detained on suspicion of elevating funds for a Ukrainian charity to help Ukraine’s armed forces. A gaggle of Russian legal professionals, Pervy Otdel, additionally indicated that Karelina had donated over $50 from her US checking account on the day that Russia launched a particular army operation in Ukraine.

The enchantment for the arrest was scheduled for a listening to on February 20 however was later postponed to February 29 because of the absence of her lawyer. Karelina’s lawyer had requested the court docket to raise her detention and exchange it with home arrest. Nevertheless, the Sverdlovsk Regional Courtroom prolonged her pre-trial detention till April 6.

Article 275 of the Russian prison code stipulates the cost for top treason. Excessive treason consists of rendering help to a international state or group in hostile actions to the detriment of the exterior safety of the Russian Federation, dedicated by a citizen of Russia. It’s punishable by imprisonment for a time period of 12 to twenty years with or with no superb. Karelina, who has twin citizenship of Russia and the US, could danger spending 20 years in jail.

In response to Karelina’s arrest, the White Home Nationwide Safety Communications Adviser John Kirby final week on a press briefing advised US residents, together with a twin nationals residing in or touring in Russia, to depart instantly. He additionally urged US residents with US passports and planning to journey to Russia not to do this because of the hazard posed to US residents inside Russia. US State Division spokesperson Matthew Miller additionally said diplomats on the US Embassy in Moscow have been working to be taught extra and achieve entry to Karelina.

Talking to ABC News, the Karelina’s boyfriend Chris Van Herdeen mentioned he had obtained a letter from her on Tuesday. In a marketing campaign for Karelina’s freedom, Van Herdeen posted a message on X (previously Twitter) saying, “My mission is to liberate KSENIA, my beloved girl, from the clutches of Russia and produce her again to the embrace of america.”

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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