American citizen was jailed in Russia for bribery
New charges of spying on the American businessman
In a recent article published by New York Post, according to a report, Russian-born US citizen was imprisoned on a bribery conviction now faces new espionage charges in Moscow.
After the charges for bribery, the Lefortovo court in Moscow detained Gene Spector on the charges punishable by ten to twenty years in prison on Thursday. From charges for bribery to spying, detained US citizen Spector on charges under Article 276 (espionage) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
Spector was born in Russia and later moved to the US, where he became a citizen. Prior to the charges for bribery to Spector, he previously served as chairman of the board of Medpolymerprom Group, a medical equipment company. According to the local report, Spector was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to charges for bribery, he bribed an aide of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
Spector pleaded guilty to charges for bribery to an aide of Russian deputy prime minister while he was chairman of the board of the Medpolimerprom group of companies in Russia. The charges for bribery includes paying for the aide to take vacations to Thailand and the Dominican Republic.
Dvorkovich, the aide who was involved in charges for bribery to Spector, served under former president and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev from 2012 to 2018. He is also a board chairman of Russia’s state railways and head of the international chess federation FIDE. State Department spokesperson said it was aware of the reports of charges for bribery against a US citizen in Russia and was monitoring the situation.
Spector charges for bribery arrest comes as tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Aside from Spector, who was imprisoned with the charges for bribery, there are two other Americans detained in Russia, including Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and former US Marine Paul Whelan.