Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik has been detained in Iran, her relatives, colleagues, and an official at the Russian Embassy in Tehran have said.
Russian journalist Detained in Tehran over spying
STEPANAKERT, OCTOBER 4, ARTSAKHPRESS: The embassy's spokesman, Andrei Ganenko, told Interfax news agency on October 4 that Russian diplomats were aware of the situation and were working on obtaining more information. He did not provide any details.
Yuzik's daughter wrote on her mother's Facebook page that the journalist "has huge problems" and a court hearing on September 5 "will decide on her fate."
Yuzik's ex-husband, journalist Boris Voitsekhovsky, told RFE/RL that she was accused of spying for Israel. This information has not been officially confirmed.
According to Voitsekhovsky, Yuzik faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
He also said that Yuzik, who used to work in Iran as a correspondent for a Russian media outlet, was arrested on September 3 after she arrived in Tehran earlier this week on an unspecified invitation. Voitsekhovsky said that her passport had been retained by Iranian border control immediately after landing in Tehran.