Pentagon official brought to St. Petersburg court for violating visa rules

A civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense has been brought to a court in St. Petersburg for violating Russian immigration regulations, a source in the city's law enforcement authorities told Interfax on May 27.

A civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense has been brought to a court in St. Petersburg for violating Russian immigration regulations, a source in the city's law enforcement authorities told Interfax on May 27.

"U.S. citizen Michael Christopher Dobroski, born 1976, a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, is currently at a Petrodvoretsky district court," the source said, adding that the court is expected to deliver its ruling as early as May 27.

Dobroski had an ordinary entry visa, but the Russian authorities have reason to believe that his activities went beyond those of a tourist, the source said.

Interfax has yet to obtain formal confirmation and commentary from the U.S. diplomatic mission.

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