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US soldier arrested in Russia on charges of criminal misconduct, military says

An American soldier was arrested Thursday in Vladivostok, Russia, on charges of criminal misconduct, according to the U.S. military.

“The Russian Federation has notified the U.S. Department of State of the criminal detention in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” Army spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith told ABC News. “The military has notified his family and the U.S. Department of State is providing appropriate consular support to the soldier in Russia. Given the sensitivity of this matter, we cannot provide additional details at this time.”

Two U.S. officials told ABC News that the soldier was stationed in South Korea but was on temporary leave as they switched units and moved from South Korea to Fort Cavazos, Texas. This type of leave, called Permanent Station Change, allows a service member time to relocate.

While on leave, the soldier left of his own accord and was not given any permission to travel to Russia, the two officials said.

Vladivostok is a port city in southeastern Russia, near the country’s borders with North Korea and China.

The White House is aware of reports of the arrest of a U.S. soldier in Russia, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said during a briefing Monday afternoon.

NBC News first reported the arrest.

ABC News’ Molly Nagle contributed to this report.

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