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Kremlin condemns arrest of two Russians at US request
FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a joint news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow, Russia February 18, 2022. Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via REUTERS

The Kremlin on Friday (Oct 21) condemned the arrests of two Russians - including the son of a senior official - on a US request in Europe for alleged sanctions evasion and illegal sale of US technology to Russian arms companies.

“We are categorically against this, and we condemn the practice of these kinds of arrests of Russian citizens,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that Moscow will do “everything possible” to defend them.

Moscow on Thursday (October 20) confirmed that Artyom Uss, whose father is the governor of the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, was arrested at Milan’s Malpensa Airport this week on a US request.

Peskov said: “Our diplomatic missions will naturally take part in protecting the interests of this Russian citizen."

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The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against a dozen individuals - including five Russians - for “unlawful schemes to export powerful” US military technology to Russia.

It said some of these had “been discovered on the battlefields in Ukraine.”

Another Russian citizen was also arrested on a US request on October 17 in Germany.

Source: alarabiya