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Dual U.S.-Russian citizen arrested in Russia for allegedly raising money for Ukrainian military

Source: Meduza

A 33-year-old woman who lives in Los Angeles but has dual U.S. and Russian citizenship has been arrested on treason charges in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) reported on Tuesday.

According to the FSB, the woman began collecting money for the Ukrainian military in February 2022. The agency also said she participated in multiple pro-Ukraine protest rallies in the U.S.

The woman has reportedly been placed in pre-trial detention.

According to the outlet Mediazona, the woman’s name is Ksenia Karelina. Her Facebook page indicates that she attended high school in Yekaterinburg before attending from the city’s Ural Federal University. In late 2021, she wrote on VKontakte that she had received U.S. citizenship. In an interview in 2023, she said that she had married an American citizen.

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