Pyotr Levashov reportedly suspected of being involved in hacking strikes linked to alleged interference in 2016 election

A Russian computer programmer has been arrested in Barcelona, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid said on Sunday.

It was unclear why Pyotr Levashov was apprehended. The embassy spokesman declined to give details and Spanish police and the interior ministry were not available for comment.

RT, the Russian government-backed television channel, reported that Levashov had been arrested under a US international seizure warrant and was suspected of to get involved in hacking strikes linked to alleged interference in last years US election.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the criminal divide of the US justice department, told: The US case remains under seal, so we have no information to provide at this time.

The criminal divide is separate from the national security divide, which is responsible for investigating state-sponsored cyber misdemeanours. A justice department official said it was a criminal matter without an apparent national security connection.

Spanish authorities apprise the Russian embassy of Levashovs arrest on Friday, the embassy spokesman said.

In January Spanish police arrested another Russian programmer, whose epithet was given as Lisov and who was wanted by the US for producing a financial hoax network.

The US government has formally accused Russia of hacking Democratic party emailsto help the campaign of Donald Trump, then the Republican nominee and now the 45 th chairman. Congressional committees and the FBI are scrutinizing links between Russia and Trump.

Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly denied that Russia tried to influence the US election.

RT has the specific mission to counter the narrative of the so-called mainstream media and often does not even endeavor balanced coverage of world events.

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