Russia refused to exchange the American spy on Butino
Accused of espionage American Paul Whelan will not be exchanged for the arrested in the US, the Russian Maria Butina. This statement was made by the Russian foreign Ministry, RIA Novosti reported.
The Ministry reported that the question about the exchange of American arrested abroad of Russian citizens is not what Whelan is waiting for the court. On Smolensk square confirmed that the man was charged under article 276 of the criminal code of Russian Federation (“Espionage”), at the moment he is being held in the SIZO “Lefortovo”, he faces up to 20 years in prison..
NewsOf the case’s Butinai ruled out espionage
On 9 January press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow never uses people as pawns in the diplomatic game.
US citizen Paul Nicholas Whelan was detained December 28, 2018. According to press reports, in 2008, he was dismissed from the marine Corps of the United States because of the theft. In Russia, he allegedly visited since 2007.
Currently in an American prison is Russian Maria Butina. US authorities accuse her of conspiring to conduct activities in a foreign state. In December she partially admitted his guilt. The Kremlin believes the charges are unfounded, the Russian foreign Ministry believes that Butina tortured.
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