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US citizen Robert Woodland sentenced to 12 years in Russian jail for drug charges

US Citizen Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Russian Penal Colony on Drug Charges

A US citizen, Robert Woodland, has been sentenced to 12.5 years in a Russian maximum-security penal colony after being convicted on drugs charges. The 32-year-old was detained in Moscow in January and accused of attempting to sell a large quantity of methadone. Woodland, who was born in Russia and adopted at the age of two, had traveled to the country in 2020 to search for his birth mother, with his journey documented by a local reality TV program.

His lawyer confirmed that Woodland had partially confessed to the charges, which included working with a criminal group and transporting drugs within the city. This case is part of a larger trend of US citizens being detained in Russia, with some officials suggesting that the Kremlin is using them as bargaining chips for potential prisoner swaps.

Despite the US State Department being aware of Woodland’s case, they have not directly commented on the allegations. They issued a statement emphasizing the safety and security of US citizens overseas, urging Americans in Russia to be cautious due to the risk of wrongful arrest and harassment by authorities.

Woodland’s conviction and sentencing have sparked concerns among Western officials about the treatment of US nationals in Russian prisons and the potential implications for international relations.

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