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Wife of US soldier jailed in Russia claims she saw his local girlfriend stab him during a video call with their six-year-old daughter


US Army soldier Gordon Black made a surprising video call from his overseas tour in South Korea to his six-year-old daughter in Texas, months before his arrest in Russia.

But instead of a normal chat, his daughter and wife witnessed a fight between Black and his Russian girlfriend that turned bloody, his wife Megan said.

The screaming turned violent and his girlfriend scratched his face. Then she pulled out a knife.

«She stabbed him,» Megan Black said, adding that her husband «had blood on his face.» Her daughter was upset.

Black, a US Army staff sergeant stationed at Camp Humphreys near Seoul, was arrested on May 2 in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.

Staff Sergeant Gordon Black, 35, had just finished his tour of duty in South Korea and had traveled to Russia without any authorization before he was arrested.

Megan Black, pictured with her lawyer Jeff Linick, said she saw Black's Russian girlfriend stab him during a video call months before his arrest.

Megan Black, pictured with her lawyer Jeff Linick, said she saw Black’s Russian girlfriend stab him during a video call months before his arrest.

According to the Russian authorities, he is being held in pre-trial detention, after an argument he is accused of theft.

Megan’s attorney, Jeff Linick, described the fight that broke out during the video call.

“He called her out of the blue insisting that she speak to his daughter. She was not expecting the call,” he said.

“He must have been in some taxi when she got it. At some point in the middle of it, a woman entered the picture and apparently started shouting something in Russian.

“She doesn’t speak Russian so she doesn’t know exactly what was said, obviously she was in the vehicle with him and at some point it escalated to where she actually pulled a knife on him.

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“The argument… escalated dramatically I believe at that point I think you ended the call at that point.

Kremlin-controlled Russian television said Black was arrested for beating the woman, identified as Aleksa Viktorovna, 31, (pictured together) and stealing money from her.

Kremlin-controlled Russian television said Black was arrested for beating the woman, identified as Aleksa Viktorovna, 31, (pictured together) and stealing money from her.

Jones said Black met his girlfriend at a club in South Korea more than a year ago and they had a

Jones said Black met his girlfriend at a club in South Korea more than a year ago and they had a «volatile» relationship

What is Gordon Black accused of

Kremlin-controlled Russian television said Black was arrested for beating the woman, identified as Aleksa Viktorovna, 31, and stealing money from her.

Russian reports say that two weeks after arriving in Vladivostok, a US Army sergeant «beat up his beloved and stole 200,000 rubles from her.»

The court did not list any allegations of violence against him.

The pro-Kremlin news portal BAZA, with links to law enforcement, said Gordon arrived in Russia in mid-April.

“About two weeks later, they got into an argument and (Aleksa) says Gordon beat her up. they said. «He then stole 200,000 rubles and alcohol from her.»

The court ordered that he be remanded in custody until July 2 on charges that could see him jailed for five years.

His mother, Melody Jones, said he followed his girlfriend to Russia even though they «fought like cats and dogs».

“I told them both: You don’t have to be together. One of you will get hurt one day,” she said.

“You know, because when you’re fighting, it’s no good if that’s all you do.

Black’s arrest represents another headache for U.S. officials already dealing with several high-profile detentions in Russia, including Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.

Black, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, violated Army rules by traveling to Russia without military clearance and flying through China to get there, the Pentagon says.

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Neither the Russian authorities, the Pentagon, Black’s wife, nor his mother suggested anything like espionage as a problem. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the case had no political element.

Megan became emotional as she described life with her husband, explaining that they were finalizing a divorce when Black was arrested.

Linick said Black’s wife did not receive any of her husband’s military housing allowance.

He said she and her daughter are entitled to support under military regulations even though the couple is separated.

His mother, Melody Jones, said Black was on a two-week vacation when he traveled to Russia

His mother, Melody Jones, said Black was on a two-week vacation when he traveled to Russia

Black claimed his girlfriend was deported from South Korea after they were involved in an argument in the fall of 2023

Black claimed his girlfriend was deported from South Korea after they were involved in an argument in the fall of 2023

Although Megan has custody of their daughter, her husband has refused to pay court-ordered child support, Linick said.

It wasn’t until she went to the military and her lawyers that they recently started withholding some child support from his paychecks, he said.

«It really took tooth and nail … basically threatening legal action to finally have the military — against his will, I think — finally withhold some child support from his payments,» Linick said.

The Army did not respond to a request for comment on the support payments, and Black could not be reached for comment. Linick said Black represented himself in the Texas divorce.

Megan said she met her husband at a bar in 2014 in Killeen, Texas, near his base at Fort Cavazos, and remembered him being charming at first and they quickly hit it off.

“He was nice to me at one point. He accepted me because I was different, because I have this speech impediment,” she said.

Aleksa Viktorovnais is holding a rifle in the picture

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Around 2018, things began to deteriorate and Black started divorce proceedings shortly after he left for South Korea.

«He wanted it as an open (relationship),» Megan said.

Megan said she first learned about the Russian girlfriend in January 2022 when she saw photos of them together on Facebook. The girlfriend called him ‘her husband,’ Black said.

Jones said she thought the Russian girlfriend had been «sent back» to Russia from South Korea, possibly after a problem with her papers. She warned her son not to follow her there.

«I tried to tell him not to go,» she said.

Megan said that she and her daughter had no idea he was in Russia and that they were waiting for him in Texas because his tour in South Korea had just ended.

Melody Jones said Black was on a two-week vacation while traveling to Russia and that she felt he was set up because she suspected his girlfriend was a spy.

Melody Jones said Black was on a two-week vacation while traveling to Russia and that she felt he was set up because she suspected his girlfriend was a spy.

Black violated Army rules by traveling to Russia without authorization, flying via China to get there, according to the Pentagon.

Neither the Russian authorities, the Pentagon, nor Black’s wife suggested anything like espionage as a problem.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the case had no political element.

On May 2, the day Russian authorities said they arrested him at a local hotel, Megan said she got a message from him «saying he wasn’t coming home.»

That was the last she heard from him.

She said the case damaged her daughter’s image of her father. «He now looks at his father as a bad man,» she said.



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