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U.S. soldier held in Russia for 'criminal misconduct'

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Americans need to steer clear of the abducting state.

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This just happened. There are reports indicating that further charges will involve misconduct with minors and trafficking charges, which wouldn't be surprising considering the larger circumstances and the organisation the accused is in.

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JJEToday 07:24 am JST

This just happened. There are reports indicating that further charges will involve misconduct with minors and trafficking charges, which wouldn't be surprising considering the larger circumstances and the organisation the accused is in.

So basically what Russians have been doing all along in their war of conquest?

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The US Army soldier is apparently based in SK and there is evidence of an organized ring operating out of a base there. Phone and laptop evidence is not looking good. Would hardly be the first time too.

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I came without an invitation, behave yourself

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US soldiers should know that Russia isn’t Japan and they can’t freely do anything they want outside the law.

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I read in another article that he has a wife at home and a Russian mistress/GF that he met in SK. Furthermore, he came to Russia 'just to visit her' because she came back home to Russia.

JJEMay 7  07:43 am JST

The US Army soldier is apparently based in SK and there is evidence of an organized ring operating out of a base there. Phone and laptop evidence is not looking good. Would hardly be the first time too.

I hate to say it, but maybe he wants to defect. Steven Seagal was being investigated for physical and/or sexual assault and battery on the job and he is now a Russian citizen, a member of the Russian Duma and a turncoat. He makes videos praising Putin and sassing off the USA all the time. You know, like Edward Snowden and (ahem) T-R-U-M-P.

Travis King crossed the border into North Korea last July and was held there until being expelled in September. He was later charged with desertion.

Trevor was going to be kicked out of the Army for various crimes. He spent time in a SK prison for disorderly behavior and hate crimes against Koreans. Then he had the nerve to defect to NK but with his past behavior he wasn't wanted there either. Koreans are Koreans, North or South. And kiddie porn on a smartphone is a major no-no in every nation on Earth, even dictatorships.

And maybe it's a similar story for this guy. Granted, some like Brittney Griner just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. We'll just have to see as more details unfold here.

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JohnMay 7 08:58 pm JST

US soldiers should know that Russia isn’t Japan and they can’t freely do anything they want outside the law.

That hasn't been the case in decades and you know it.

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According to media reports, the American's name is Gordon Black, he is 34 years old. The man is a sergeant in the US Army, served at a military base in South Korea and was due to travel to Texas in the near future for further service.

Before flying to the United States, Black stopped by to visit his Russian girlfriend from Vladivostok, whom he met in South Korea about two years ago. He has a wife in the States. During the meeting, the young people quarreled, and, according to the girl, the American beat her and stole 200 thousand rubles and alcohol.

What a sweet "criminal misconduct":) A thief and a bandit!

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The US military is made up of all sorts of people. Some are smart. Some not-so-smart. Some are criminals. Most are honest. Being a soldier doesn't change someone's moral code to know what is right or wrong, unfortunately.

I'm not going to assume this person is innocent.

50% of the article is about other people, in different situations. Guess the writer need to boost his word count to get paid.

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KukuMay 8 06:37 am JST

According to media reports, the American's name is Gordon Black, he is 34 years old. The man is a sergeant in the US Army, served at a military base in South Korea and was due to travel to Texas in the near future for further service.

Before flying to the United States, Black stopped by to visit his Russian girlfriend from Vladivostok, whom he met in South Korea about two years ago. He has a wife in the States. During the meeting, the young people quarreled, and, according to the girl, the American beat her and stole 200 thousand rubles and alcohol.

What a sweet "criminal misconduct":) A thief and a bandit!

Well domestic violence is legal in Russia, so I guess that would never factor in.

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In your America stealing money and beating a woman is called criminal misconduct? I wonder.

I don't even know who's the bigger clown here, Taiwan or Cynthia Smith. Or the whole your the U.S. Army.

Of course, this is just a cynical joke. But a very serious question arises: how did an American serviceman get a Russian visa? He needed to collect a lot of documents there...

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