Russia’s FSB detains and expels Japanese consul for alleged spying – agencies

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MOSCOW/TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Russia’s FSB security agency said on Monday it had detained the Japanese consul in Russia’s Pacific port city of Vladivostok for alleged espionage and ordered him to leave the country, Russian news agencies said.

The consul was released after being detained by the Russian agency for several hours, Japan’s Kyodo News reported on Tuesday, citing government sources.

The FSB said the consul was declared persona non grata after he was caught “red-handed” while receiving secret information about the effects of Western sanctions on the economic situation in Russia’s Far East.

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It said the classified information, which related to Russia’s cooperation with an unnamed Asia-Pacific country, was obtained in exchange for a “monetary reward”.

Russia has opposed Japan, the agency said, citing the FSB.

Japan’s embassy in Russia strongly protested the detention to Moscow’s foreign ministry, saying it was “a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations” and that the order to leave the country was “unreasonable”, according to Kyodo.

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