Mom of US soldier jailed in Moscow says his Russian girlfriend set him up days before he was arrested on theft charges

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The woman of an American worker arrested in Russia on theft charges begged his mom for money soon earlier he was detained, according to his mother.

Staff sergeant Gordon Black, 35, had reportedly conscionable vanished his service successful South Korea and traveled to Russia without permission.

On Thursday, Black - who's reported to beryllium joined - was arrested for theft successful Vladivostok, a larboard metropolis adjacent Russia's separator pinch North Korea and China.

Kremlin-controlled Russian TV has reported Black was arrested for beating a woman, identified arsenic Aleksa Viktorovna, 31, and stealing money from her. 

But his mom Melody Jones has refuted this communicative and claims her boy was 'set up', stating his woman asked her to ligament her $600 earlier his arrest.

Staff sergeant Gordon Black, 35, had reportedly conscionable vanished his work successful South Korea and traveled to Russia without immoderate benignant of permission

Kremlin-controlled Russian TV has reported Black was arrested for beating a woman, identified arsenic Aleksa Viktorovna, 31, and stealing money from her. They are pictured together

His mother Melody Jones (left)  said Black was connected a two-week time off erstwhile he traveled to Russia and accused his woman of mounting him up

'She was trying to inquire america for money,' she told Fox. 'She wanted maine to group up different relationship and nonstop money to her', agreeing nan petition was a 'red flag'.

She reiterated erstwhile comments astir her consciousness of unease complete her son's plans to sojourn his girlfriend.

'I told him I had a really bad emotion astir him going,' she added. 'I was worried much past what – than erstwhile he was successful Iraq for immoderate reason.

'We’re for illustration connected pins and needles. We’re, you know, really tired, of course, worried. I conscionable wish I could perceive his voice.'

She added that nan woman has not been backmost successful touch since but has been progressive connected TikTok posting videos of him. 

Black was questioned for 9 hours upon presence astatine a Russian airport, Jones said, adding that she does not cognize if her boy had a visa to sojourn Russia.

Jones said Black met his woman astatine a nine successful South Korea complete a twelvemonth agone and they had a 'volatile' relationship.

Black had reportedly claimed his woman sewage deported from South Korea aft they were progressive successful a conflict successful nan autumn of 2023.

Pictures posted connected societal media showed them together successful January and earlier.

Jones said Black met his woman astatine a nine successful South Korea complete a twelvemonth agone and they had a 'volatile' relationship

Black had claimed his woman sewage deported from South Korea aft they were progressive successful a conflict successful nan autumn of 2023

Aleksa Viktorovnais pictured holding a rifle 

Russian reports opportunity that 2 weeks aft coming to Vladivostok nan US Army unit sergeant 'beat his beloved and stole 200,000 roubles from her.'

The tribunal did not database immoderate complaint of unit against him.

Pro-Kremlin BAZA news outlet, pinch links to rule enforcement, said Gordon came to Russia successful mid-April.

'About 2 weeks later they quarreled and, according to [Aleksa], Gordon hit her.' they said. 'After that, he stole 200,000 rubles and intoxicant from her.'

The tribunal ordered him to beryllium held successful pre-trial detention until July 2nd connected a complaint that could spot him jailed for 5 years. 

Black was expected to transportation from South Korea to Fort Cavazos successful Texas. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s agency successful Vladivostok has said Black's apprehension is not governmental aliases related to espionage.

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said nan US is alert of nan origin but could not opportunity overmuch much astatine nan moment.

Army spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith said: 'The Russian Federation notified nan U.S. Department of State of nan criminal detention successful accordance pinch nan Vienna Convention connected Consular Relations.

Melody Jones said Black was connected a two-week time off erstwhile he traveled to Russia, and that she felt he was being group up because she suspected his woman was a spy

'The Army notified his family and nan U.S. Department of State is providing due consular support to nan worker successful Russia. Given nan sensitivity of this matter, we are incapable to supply further specifications astatine this time.' 

Black is now 1 of respective American citizens presently imprisoned successful Russia.

Wall Street Journal newsman Evan Gershkovich has been held by Russia since past March.

Meanwhile erstwhile Marine Paul Whelan has been jailed since 2018; he is sentenced to 16 years successful situation aft being convicted of espionage.

Both are wrongfully detained, according to nan US government.

Moreover, American-Russian ballerina Ksenia Karelina has been jailed successful Russia since January aliases donating $51 to a Ukrainian charity.

She was charged pinch treason and faces up to 20 years successful jailhouse for making a mini aid to nan humanitarian kindness Razom connected nan time Russia invaded Ukraine.

The costs was discovered aft her telephone was seized erstwhile she flew into Yekaterinburg's Koltsovo Airport connected January 2, readying to sojourn her 90-year-old grandparents successful clip for Russia's Christmas day.

The US authorities has warned US citizens against walking to Russia. 

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