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    Moscow previously stated that the man had been detained for trying to obtain classified data about Russian military resources.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Japanese Consul Ambassador to Moscow to lodge a protest after a Japanese national was detained in Vladivostok for attempted espionage.

    "On December 25, 2019, a Japanese citizen trying to obtain classified materials about Russia's military potential in the Far East was detained by Russian law enforcement officers in Vladivostok. The Russian side officially warned the detained Japanese citizen about the inadmissibility of actions that create the conditions for committing a crime under Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code, he was given 72 hours to leave the territory of the Russian Federation", the official statement said.

    According to recent reports, man, who arrived in Russia as a journalist, has already left Russia.

    Cars drive past the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow on May 5, 2016.
    © AFP 2019 / JOEL SAGET
    Cars drive past the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow on May 5, 2016.

    The ministry added that the said Japanese attempted to get classified information about the Russian military in the Far East, however, the diplomats didn't elaborate on those charges.

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