Russian Court Reportedly Denied U.S. Citizen’s Appeal In Treason Case

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A Russian court refused an appeal Thursday from Ksenia Karelina, a dual U.S.-Russian citizen awaiting trial, according to the New York Post (NYP).

Karelina’s lawyer had requested house arrest in place of detention on her behalf, RIA, a state news agency, reported, according to the NYP. Pervy Otdel, a lawyers’ association in Russia, reportedly claimed to possess information verifying she had allegedly donated more than $50 dollars from her personal account to a Ukrainian charity organization on Feb. 24, 2022, the day Russia invaded Ukraine. FSB alleged the organization supported the Ukrainian army, the outlet reported.

A dual U.S.-Russian citizen was reportedly detained by Russia Tuesday for donating $51.80 to a Ukrainian nonprofit.

Russia’s Federal Security Services (FSB) detained a 33-year-old female dual-citizen suspected of treason after she allegedly collected financial support for the Ukrainian military, Reuters reported.

“Since February 2022, she has been proactively collecting funds in the interests of one of the Ukrainian organisations, which were subsequently used to purchase tactical medicine items, equipment, weapons and ammunition by the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the FSB reportedly relayed through a statement.

Russia’s Mediazone referred to the detained woman as Ksenia Karelina, according to the New York Post (NYP). She allegedly shifted $51.80 from an American bank account to Razom, a nonprofit the organization First Department claims is “contributing to the establishment of a secure, prosperous, and democratic Ukraine,” the outlet reported.

Karelina was previously arrested on Jan. 27 in Yekaterinburg due to allegedly swearing, an act police labeled “petty hooliganism,” according to Mediazone, the New York Post reported. She was reportedly inside a detention center when authorities charged her for the alleged Ukraine funds.

Karelina faces charges under Article 275 of Russia’s Criminal Code, which could result in a prison sentence of 12 to 20 years, the New York Post reported. She is currently being detained via a pre-trial ruling of custody, according to NBC. (RELATED: CNN Reporter Asks Biden If Republicans Should Be Blamed For Navalny’s Death)

The woman posted various photos on social media of herself posing in ballet positions, but it is unclear if she was a professional ballerina, according to the NYP. Her Facebook profile claims she is a Los Angeles resident, originally from Yekaterinburg and graduated from Ural Federal University in 2013.

“We are aware of the reports, however, due to privacy considerations we have nothing further to convey at this moment,” a U.S. Embassy in Moscow spokesperson stated, the NYP reported.