Russian speaker detained at the Capitol may be a Russian spy

Russian speaker detained at the Capitol may be a Russian spy

The Russian Embassy in the United States responded to information about a Russian-speaking man detained near the Capitol during the protests. The commentary was published on the Facebook page of the diplomatic mission.

The embassy said that a request to find Russians among those detained or injured had been sent to the State Department. “So far, no such facts have been revealed,” they said.

The diplomatic mission noted that it is closely monitoring the situation in Washington and will provide consular and legal assistance to compatriots if necessary.

Earlier, The Washington Post reported that a Russian-speaking man was among those detained after the storming of the Capitol. It later turned out that this person was 54-year-old Yevgenia Malimon. She was arrested along with her daughter Cristina, who speaks Russian and has ties to Moldova. However, no evidence was found that either of them had Russian citizenship.

On January 6, a rally of supporters of incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump, who did not recognize the results of the November vote that elected Democrat Joe Biden as president, ended with a storming of the Capitol building and clashes with police. Five people were killed and dozens detained.

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