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Russian-American Ksenia Karelina’s family plead for White House assistance as she’s paraded in court by Putin for ‘high treason’ after donating $51 to Ukrainian causes: ‘If the US doesn’t help her, she will die in jail’

Russian-American Ksenia Karelina’s family plead for White House assistance as she’s paraded in court by Putin for ‘high treason’ after donating  to Ukrainian causes: ‘If the US doesn’t help her, she will die in jail’
Russian-American Ksenia Karelina’s family plead for White House assistance as she’s paraded in court by Putin for ‘high treason’ after donating  to Ukrainian causes: ‘If the US doesn’t help her, she will die in jail’


The mother-in-law of a Russian-American is pleading for the White House to step in to her rescue after she was charged with hi treason in Russia for donating $51 to the Ukrainian cause. 

‘If America doesn’t help, she will spend the rest of her life in jail,’ Eleonora Srebroski told DailyMail.com on Tuesday. ‘I am scared for her and very concerned she will be physically harmed or killed there in prison.’

Videos posted by a Russian news agency on Tuesday showed the 32-year-old being led by Federal Security Service agents into a courtroom in handcuffs and with her eyes blindfolded. 

‘She is a beautiful person and a beautiful soul,’ the concerned mother-in-law added from her home in Maryland. ‘I love her and will do anything to help her.’ 

Karelina is a resident of Los Angeles who became a US citizen in 2021. Her social media pages are littered with photos of her smiling, loving life in the US. She married her husband Eugene Khavana, who is also originally from Russia, in the US in 2013 after they met in Maryland. 

Karelina moved to the US after graduating from college in her homeland in 2013

Vladimir Putin 's secretive Federal Security Service has arrested dual Russian-American ballerina, 32-year-old Ksenia Karelina, on treason charges

Vladimir Putin ‘s secretive Federal Security Service has arrested dual Russian-American ballerina, 32-year-old Ksenia Karelina, on treason charges

Karelina, shown her dancing on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, was previously at student at the University of Maryland

Karelina, shown her dancing on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, was previously at student at the University of Maryland

A statement from Russian officials refers to Karelina as a resident of Los Angeles

A statement from Russian officials refers to Karelina as a resident of Los Angeles 

Lawyers have said that Karelina was originally arrested on 'petty hooliganism' charges after she was accused of swearing outside of a movie theater

Lawyers have said that Karelina was originally arrested on ‘petty hooliganism’ charges after she was accused of swearing outside of a movie theater

The dancer was arrested on the same day in January that Putin sat down for his widely panned interview with Tucker Carlson. The apprehension took place outside of a movie theater in Yekaterinburg. The initial charges related to swearing offenses. 

Yekaterinburg, the largest city in the Ural region, is also where Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich was arrested on spying charges nearly 12 months ago.

Following her initial arrest, Karelina was then accused of fundraising for a Ukrainian military cause. She is specifically accused of transferring $51.80 from an American bank account to Ukrainian charity, Razom. 

Treason charges can carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison. Since 2023, 63 people have been charged with treason in Russia, 37 were found guilty. 

‘The White House and State Department aware of reports that a dual U.S.-Russia citizen has been detained in Russia. We are working to obtain more information and secure consular access to the individual,’ a White House official told DailyMail.com. 

The State Department currently has a Do Not Travel advisory to Russia specifically because of the risk of ‘wrongful detentions.’

Karelina graduated from Ural Federal University in 2013. Numerous posts on her Facebook page show her in Baltimore, Maryland, beginning in 2014

Karelina graduated from Ural Federal University in 2013. Numerous posts on her Facebook page show her in Baltimore, Maryland, beginning in 2014

She is specifically accused of transferring $51.80 from an American bank account to Ukrainian charity, Razom

She is specifically accused of transferring $51.80 from an American bank account to Ukrainian charity, Razom

On her Facebook page, Karelina says that she’s from Yekaterinburg and that she studied ballet at the S. P. Diaghilev school. 

The dancer is accused of ‘proactively collecting funds since February 2022 in the interests of a Ukrainian organization, which were subsequently used to purchase tactical medicine, equipment, weapons and ammunition for the Armed Forces of Ukraine,’ the FSB alleges. 

‘In addition, the citizen in question repeatedly took part in public actions in support of the Kyiv regime while in the United States,’ the agency added, reports The Moscow Times. 

On her Facebook page, Karelina says that she's from Yekaterinburg and that she studied ballet at the S. P. Diaghilev school

On her Facebook page, Karelina says that she’s from Yekaterinburg and that she studied ballet at the S. P. Diaghilev school

Russian language outlet Mediazona reports that Karelina has been a US citizen since 2021

Russian language outlet Mediazona reports that Karelina has been a US citizen since 2021

Treason charges can carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison

Treason charges can carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison

Russian language outlet Mediazona reports that Karelina has been a US citizen since 2021 and that in 2023 she married an American man. 

Karelina graduated from Ural Federal University in 2013. Numerous posts on her Facebook page show her in Baltimore, Maryland, beginning in 2014. 

Mediazona reports that Karelina was first arrested on charges of ‘petty hooliganism,’ for swearing. While in custody, those charges were upgraded to ‘high treason.’

The outlet goes on to report that Karelina ceased posting on the Russian social media site VK on November 3, 2021 after posting a series of photos showing her gaining citizenship. 

On that profile, Karelina said that she studied at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  

Razom, the NYC-based Ukrainian charity that she’s accused of supporting, describes itself as ‘contributing to the establishment of a secure, prosperous, and democratic Ukraine.’ 

On her LinkedIn page, Karelina says that she works as a manager at Ciel Spa Beverly Hills, a role that she’s been in since 2019. 

Karelina shared the above social media post after obtaining her US citizenship in 2021

Karelina shared the above social media post after obtaining her US citizenship in 2021

Karelina has alsosaid that she studied at the University of Maryland in Baltimore

Karelina has alsosaid that she studied at the University of Maryland in Baltimore

Karelina was first arrested on charges of 'petty hooliganism,' for swearing

Karelina was first arrested on charges of ‘petty hooliganism,’ for swearing

Karelina pictured with friends in a Facebook post from 2017

Karelina pictured with friends in a Facebook post from 2017

On her LinkedIn page, Karelina says that she works as a manager at Ciel Spa Beverly Hills, a role that she's been in since 2019

On her LinkedIn page, Karelina says that she works as a manager at Ciel Spa Beverly Hills, a role that she’s been in since 2019

Mediazona reports that Karelina was first arrested on charges of 'petty hooliganism,' for swearing. While in custody, those charges were upgraded to 'high treason'

Mediazona reports that Karelina was first arrested on charges of ‘petty hooliganism,’ for swearing. While in custody, those charges were upgraded to ‘high treason’

Karelina is the latest American behind bars in Russia, in addition to Gershkovich, former US Marine Paul Whelan and Texas dad David Barnes, 65, who last week was sentenced to 21 years in prison in Moscow on child abuse charges. 

On the same day that Karelina’s arrest was announced, Gershkovich appeared in a Moscow court where he had his pre-trial detention extended. 

Earlier this month, Putin told former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview that he was open to the idea of releasing Americans held in Russian jails but did not discuss specifics. 

‘I do not rule out that the person you refer to, Mr Gershkovich, may return to his motherland. We want the US special services to think about how they can contribute to achieving the goals our special services are pursuing,’ Putin told Carlson. 

Numerous reports have suggested that Putin is interested in discussing an exchange involving Vadim Krasikov, the assassin responsible for the shooting of Chechen rebel Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin in 2019. 

Karelina’s arrest comes as Putin faces heightened international pressure over the mysterious death of dissident Alexey Navalny in a Russian prison. 

Western leaders and Navalny’s family have pointed their finger at the Kremlin following news of the activist’s death at 47 years old. 

Written by bourbiza mohamed

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