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Russia Sentences U.S. Soldier to 4 Years in Prison

A Russian court sentenced a U.S. Army sergeant to nearly four years in jail on Wednesday for stealing the equivalent of about $100 from a woman with whom he was romantically involved and for making death threats against her.

Staff Sgt. Gordon Black, 34, was arrested in the Pacific port of Vladivostok last month after a criminal complaint made by the woman, who has not been publicly identified by the authorities. He had traveled to Russia to visit her after completing a posting in South Korea.

A statement published by a Vladivostok court said that Sergeant Black had stolen the money and threatened her life during a domestic argument. The statement said that the theft had caused “considerable harm” to the woman.

The State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that it had seen reports of the sentencing but noted that it did not share information about particular cases without written consent from the citizens involved.

The statement reiterated the department’s “strong warnings about the danger posed to U.S. citizens” inside Russia and said that all Americans residing or traveling in the country “should depart immediately.”

Several Russian criminal lawyers said that the sentence for Sergeant Black was much stricter than what a Russian citizen could expect to receive for such charges.


Last modified: 22 June 2024