Russian court rejects appeal by American detained on treason charge

By Thomson Reuters Feb 29, 2024 | 4:59 AM

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) – A Russian court on Thursday rejected an appeal by a Russian-American woman against her detention on a treason charge.

The FSB security service said last week that Ksenia Karelina had been detained on suspicion of raising funds for Ukraine’s armed forces. The Los Angeles resident had been collecting funds for a Ukrainian organisation whose ultimate beneficiary was the Ukrainian army, the FSB said.

A Russian lawyers’ group said she had donated just over $50 to a charity that sends aid to Ukraine.

(Reporting by Reuters)