Detained in Russia on suspicion of espionage, the American was a former marine
Moscow. 1 Jan. INTERFAX.RU His brother told the media that Paul Whelan was in Moscow because he was invited to the wedding, and expressed confidence in his innocence.
U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, which Russia detained on suspicion in espionage, is a retired marine who came to Moscow for the wedding of friends, said on Tuesday his twin brother David Whelan.
“Paul is a retired marine. He was in Moscow, as he was invited to the wedding,” — said in a statement, excerpts of which leads CNN.
We fear for his safety and well-being. There is no doubt that he is innocent, and we believe that their rights would be respected.
He said that since December 28, has not received reports from his brother, and the fact that the detained only learned on Monday after the publication of the news on this subject in the media.
The family of the detainee appealed to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Embassy in Russia and in the state Department, said David.
As reported, on December 28, employees of FSB have detained in Moscow on suspicion of espionage, a US citizen Paul Whelan.
The U.S. Embassy in Russia has informed on detention of the citizen of the country in Moscow on suspicion of espionage, said to “Interfax” in the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry.
In turn, the American Embassy requested consular access to the detainee.
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