A US Army sergeant stationed in South Korea has been apprehended in Russia, as reported by the US military. The charges, according to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, do not involve

political motives or espionage but revolve around what they describe as a "purely domestic crime."

The individual in question, Staff Sgt Gordon Black, allegedly stands accused of theft from a woman, according to information from CBS, a US media outlet partnered with the BBC. Sgt Black was not engaged in official travel when authorities apprehended him on May 2nd in Vladivostok, located in Russia's Far East.

Reports from Russian media suggest that Sgt Black was visiting a woman with whom he had a romantic involvement. John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, informed the press that the US government is cognizant of the situation and is monitoring it along with other Russia-related issues. However, specific details were not disclosed during a White House briefing on Monday.

In a statement issued by the US Army, it was confirmed that the soldier faces charges related to criminal misconduct. Cynthia Smith, a spokeswoman for the Army, stated that the soldier's family has been notified, and the US Department of State is extending appropriate consular assistance to the detained soldier in Russia.

CBS further reported that the soldier was in the process of transitioning duty stations from South Korea to Fort Cavazos in Texas, USA. Photo by Kaspersky at English Wikipedia.