Los Angeles’ Ballerina detained on suspicion of treason

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Kseniya Karelina faces a jail sentence of up to 20 years after being charged in Russia for reportedly donating to a charity funding the Ukrainian war effort.
Kseniya Karelina faces a jail sentence of up to 20 years after being charged in Russia for reportedly donating to a charity funding the Ukrainian war effort.

Kseniya Karelina faces a jail sentence of up to 20 years after being charged in Russia for reportedly donating to a charity funding the Ukrainian war effort.

Detention and Allegations

Russian authorities have detained Kseniya Karelina, a 33-year-old Russian-American ballerina from Los Angeles, on suspicion of treason. 

The Federal Security Service (FSB) claims that she was involved in fundraising activities for Ukraine, allegedly providing financial assistance to support activities against Russia’s security interests since 2022.

Background and Citizenship

Karelina, who became a US citizen in 2021, entered Russia on January 2nd. The FSB’s statement implicates her in collecting funds used for purchasing medical supplies, equipment, weapons, and ammunition for Ukraine’s war efforts.

Legal Ramifications

In Russia, treason carries severe penalties, with a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Currently, Karelina is detained under a pre-trial custody order.

Response from the United States

The White House has acknowledged the reported arrest and is actively seeking further information regarding the situation. According to a senior US official, the US learned of Karelina’s arrest on February 8th.

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Charity Involvement

Razom for Ukraine, an American charity focused on providing humanitarian aid and advocacy in Ukraine, expressed dismay over the reported arrest. 

While Karelina allegedly made a donation to the charity following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Razom for Ukraine clarified that it does not disclose information about its donors.

Visual Evidence

Footage shared by the Russian state-owned news agency Ria Novosti shows officials handcuffing a woman, presumed to be Karelina, and leading her to what appears to be a courtroom holding cell. The woman’s face is obscured by a hat pulled over her eyes.

Conclusion

The detention of Kseniya Karelina on charges of treason has sparked international attention and raised concerns about the legal implications surrounding her case. 

As the situation unfolds, there is anticipation for further updates and clarity on the allegations against her.

Gary Monroe

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