An American university official was fired from his job as deputy head of a Russian university after his presence on the faculty was questioned during a pro-Kremlin weekly television news program.

His firing was seen as fallout from the tensions between the United States and Russia, which have exacerbated suspicions of Americans and U.S.-funded organizations operating in Russia.

Nizhny Novgorod State University said in a statement late Tuesday that Kendrick White was relieved of his duties as vice rector for innovation due to a "restructuring of the management system."

White was mentioned on Sunday's "News of the Week" program during discussion of a proposal to create a "patriotic stop list" of Americans whose work harms Russian interests. White was accused of hanging portraits of American scientists on the university's walls.