In a short statement, the agency notes Russia's Federal Security Service detained a USA citizen named Paul Whelan in Moscow on Friday. "The Russian Federal Security Service investigation department opened a criminal case against a U.S. citizen under article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code (espionage)".
The domestic security agency the detained individual as Paul Whelan. No other details were immediately available.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.S. Embassy was duly notified about the arrest, but wouldn't give any further information.
If convicted of espionage, Whelan faces up to 20 years in jail.
Russian Federation has been entangled in multiple spy scandals in the West. She is likely to face up to six months in prison and then be deported to Russian Federation.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released From Hospital Following Cancer Surgery
She underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.
Prosecutors said she launched a plan in March 2015 to develop ties with the Republican Party with the aim of influencing USA foreign policy.
The Skripals survived but a local woman died after picking up a discarded perfume bottle that police think was used to carry out the attack.
Relations between the United States and Russia remain strained over a raft of issues including Russia's role in wars in Syria and eastern Ukraine, its alleged meddling in elections in the United States and elsewhere, and the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Britain.
In his annual year-end news conference on December 20, Putin said Russian Federation would "not arrest innocent people simply to exchange them for someone else later on". "This is connected with the growth of Russia's power".