American ballerina Ksenia Karelina is detained for 'high treason' in Russia by Putin's feared FSB security accused of raising $51 for the Ukrainian army and could face 20 years in jail if found guilty

February 20, 2024

Vladimir Putin's secretive Federal Security Service has arrested a dual Russian-American ballerina on treason charges, officials confirmed Tuesday. On her Facebook page, Karelina says that she's from Yekaterinburg and that she studied ballet at the S. P. Diaghilev school. Mediazona reports that Karelina was first arrested on charges of 'petty hooliganism,' for swearing. 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.