Married US soldier arrested in Russia for issues with his girlfriend has more charges added


Update:

The Army Staff Sergeant who was detained in Russia on suspicion of theft has also been charged with threatening to kill his girlfriend.

According to the Russian news organization, Mediazona, prosecutors in Vladivostok, approved an indictment of a U.S. citizen born in 1989.

“It did not name the U.S. citizen but the details matched Staff Sgt. Gordon Black’s. Black, who is married, was stationed in South Korea and traveled through China to Russia to visit his girlfriend, U.S. officials said,” Stripes reports.

Earlier:

May 13- New details have emerged regarding the arrest and detainment of a US Army Soldier in Russia— painting a grim picture of what was possibly going on behind the scenes.

Staff Sergeant Gordon Black, who was stationed in South Korea, made an unexpected video call to his 6-year-old daughter in Texas several months before his arrest in Russia for the alleged assault of his Russian girlfriend.

During the call, a violent altercation occurred between Black and his Russian girlfriend, which his wife Megan and daughter witnessed.

Megan described the incident, noting that the argument escalated to physical violence, culminating in his girlfriend stabbing him, leaving him bloodied.

Black, who was stationed at Camp Humphreys outside Seoul, was later arrested in Vladivostok, Russia in early May. He is currently held in pre-trial confinement, facing theft charges stemming from an argument, according to Russian authorities.

Efforts to reach Black for comments through the Army and the State Department were unsuccessful.

Melody Jones, Black’s mother, explained to Reuters that her son had followed his girlfriend to Russia despite their tumultuous relationship. She recalled warning the couple about their constant fighting, fearing it would eventually lead to serious harm.

The incident adds to the challenges faced by US officials, who are already dealing with several high-profile American detentions in Russia. The Pentagon reported that Black had traveled to Russia without Army authorization, violating military rules.

During an emotional interview, Megan Black revealed that they were in the process of finalizing their divorce at the time of Black’s arrest. She also highlighted ongoing financial disputes, as Black had ceased making court-ordered child support payments.

Mrs. Black’s attorney, Jeff Linick, noted that it was only after significant legal pressure that the Army began to withhold some child support from Black’s paychecks.

Despite the separation, Megan has been solely responsible for their daughter’s care. She initially met Black in 2014 at a bar in Killeen, Texas, and they quickly developed a relationship. She remembered him as charming and accepting, despite her speech impediment.

However, the relationship deteriorated, and Black initiated divorce proceedings in 2018 after leaving for South Korea.

Megan became aware of the Russian girlfriend in early 2022 when she saw pictures on Facebook of the two together, where the girlfriend referred to Black as her husband.

Mrs. Jones believed that the girlfriend had been forced to return to Russia from South Korea, likely due to paperwork issues, and had advised her son against following her.

Unaware of Black’s whereabouts, Megan Black and her daughter were expecting him back in Texas after his tour in South Korea ended.

However, on May 2, the day of his arrest, Megan received a message from him indicating that he was not coming home. This was the last communication she received from him.

Megan expressed that the situation has significantly impacted their daughter’s perception of her father.

“She now looks at her dad as a bad man,” she said, marking a painful shift in how his actions have affected his family’s view of him.

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