Is Russia's Arrest of American Payback for Maria Butina?

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USA's Chris Barnes in Washington on a US citizen, who's accused of espionage in Russia versus deputy, foreign minister brushing back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen being held by the United States, the brother of Paul Whalen. No tells the Associated Press that he can't help but question whether the events are connected, we Linda former US marine who also holds Canadian British and Irish citizenship has been detained in Moscow since late December his arrest leading to speculation. Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian woman who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the US deputy foreign minister surrogate Riber says discussing a possible swap including Leland and Maria Boutin would be premature because we hasn't even been formerly charged yet

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