US soldier held in Russia loses appeal for release: report

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The American soldier being detained in Russia on theft charges has lost an appeal Friday for his release, a report says. 

A court in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok has decided to keep Staff Sgt. Gordon Black in custody, Reuters reported, citing Interfax.

Interfax said the 34-year-old Black appeared in court by video from a pre-trial detention center and he was pushing to have the arrest overturned. He reportedly said through an interpreter that he would remain in Russia during the trial if he was released.

But prosecutors objected, arguing that Black could flee the country and the court ultimately sided with them, Reuters reports. 

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US army soldier Gordon Black

Gordon Black, a U.S. soldier detained in Russia, poses for a selfie in this picture obtained from social media, in an unspecified location, released in February 2023.   (Gordon Black Via Facebook/Reuters)

Black, who enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in 2008 and was assigned to the Eighth Army U.S. Forces Korea at Camp Humphreys in South Korea, has been charged with criminal misconduct and is accused of stealing from his girlfriend.  

He traveled to Vladivostok, Russia, “for personal reasons” prior to his arrest on May 2, the Pentagon says.   

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Gordon Black in Iraq

Photo of U.S. Army soldier Gordon Black sending a holiday message from Iraq in 2009. His wife said she was not aware of his travel to Russia and had hired a divorce lawyer in July 2022 to begin efforts to dissolve the marriage, her lawyer said.  (U.S. DoD)

The Pervomaisky District Court of Vladivostok previously said Black will be detained until July 2 for “secretly stealing the property of citizen T., causing the latter significant damage.” Russian officials in Vladivostok said a 32-year-old woman had filed a complaint against Black.

Reuters cited the officials as saying that the pair met in South Korea before Black came to visit her in Russia, during which they became involved in an argument. She then reportedly filed a police report accusing him of stealing money and Black was taken into custody at a hotel.  

The Russian city of Vladivostok

The Russian port city of Vladivostok, where American soldier Staff Sgt. Gordon Black was detained this month. (Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP via Getty Images)

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Black’s mother, Melody Jones, has told Fox News that her son’s Russian girlfriend asked her for money shortly before her son was arrested on theft charges.  

Fox News’ Bailee Hill, Louis Casiano, Greg Wehner and Pilar Arias contributed to this report. 



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