South Korean Citizen Arrested in Russia, Accused of Spying

Russian state-owned media TASS has reported that a South Korean national was arrested while in Russia on accusations of espionage today, March 11th.

The individual in question was arrested in Vladivostok and moved to Moscow for further investigation, according to a TASS report based on sources from local law enforcement.

This is reportedly the first case of a South Korean being detained on suspicion of spying in Russia. South Korean-Russian relations are “unfriendly” amid Seoul’s continued support of sanctions placed against Moscow due to the war in Ukraine. Russia has grown closer to North Korea, however, and the United States claims they sell weapons to Russia, although both Pyongyang and Moscow deny this notion.

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated it has been “assisting” when made aware of the event and has declined to comment further.