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WorldPaul Whelan: US citizen accused of spying in Russia files appeal

17:31  10 january  2019
17:31  10 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Paul Whelan, US citizen arrested in Russia, was there for a wedding, brother says

Paul Whelan, US citizen arrested in Russia, was there for a wedding, brother says A US citizen who has been detained in Russia on suspicion of spying is a retired Marine who was in Moscow for a wedding, and his detention has his family concerned about his welfare, his twin brother said Tuesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); American Paul Whelan was arrested Friday in Moscow on suspicion of carrying out an act of espionage, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has said. His family rejects the accusation.

Russia has detained a US citizen on suspicion of spying , according to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

A lawyer for Paul Whelan , a US citizen charged in Russia with espionage, said Thursday he has filed an Whelan entered Russia on his US passport and it remains unclear what exactly he might have been trying Here's what we know about Paul Whelan , the US citizen accused of spying in Russia .

Paul Whelan: US citizen accused of spying in Russia files appeal© Courtesy Whelan Family

US citizen Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Russia on suspicion of espionage, has filed an appeal against a Moscow court's decision to detain him without bail.

Moscow's Lefortovo court received the appeal from Whelan's lawyer on Thursday, the court's press service told state news agency TASS on Thursday.

"The lawyer's appeal against the ruling to place Whelan in custody has been lodged with the court. The date of consideration has not been fixed," said Yekaterina Krasnova, a spokeswoman for the court.

Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed

Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed

Whelan faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on spying charges. Putin foe Bill Browder The brother of an American who was arrested in Russia as an accused spy has spoken out to insist Paul 's brother David Whelan appeared on CNN on Tuesday to proclaim his brother's innocence

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Whelan's lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, said on January 3 that he filed a complaint with the Lefortovo court because the detention without bail is "excessive and unwarranted."

Whelan, who is also a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada, was arrested December 28 by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). If convicted he faces up to 20 years in a Russian jail.

The 48-year-old's family rejects Russia's accusation, asserting Whelan was only in the country for a vacation.

Whelan's twin brother David wrote in an op-ed in Friday's Washington Post that his brother is not a spy. "He is many things to many people, but he is not a spy," he wrote.

Paul Whelan: US citizen accused of spying in Russia files appeal© US Marine Corps Paul Whelan, a US citizen detained in late 2018 in Moscow, spent two weeks' military leave in Russia in 2006, according to an article posted on the United States Marine Corps website.

A diplomatic source familiar with the case told CNN on January 4 that Whelan, a discharged US Marines reservist, appeared to have no connection to any national intelligence operation. The source added that Whelan entered Russia on his US passport and that it remained unclear what exactly he might have been trying to do on his own in Russia.

Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed

Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed Russia said on Wednesday that it had caught former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on spying charges, while he was in the act of carrying out illegal activities in his Moscow hotel room. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia's Federal Security Service on Dec. 28. His family say he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.

Paul Whelan , 48, was detained by Russia 's FSB state security service in Moscow last Friday on suspicion of spying , in a case which threatens to aggravate diplomatic tensions with the United States . The FSB opened a criminal case against Whelan but gave no details of his alleged espionage

After the US demanded consular access to its citizen , the request was swiftly granted by Moscow. Details about Whelan 's spying activities in Russia and his arrest might be scarce at the moment CNN said that 20 years that the accused spy may face in Russia would provide "plenty of time to be

Whelan is no stranger to the country. When he was in the military in 2006, he used his two weeks' leave to visit Russia.

A 2007 online Marine Corps article says he spent the leave "experiencing the post-Soviet era of Moscow and St. Petersburg." A photo shows him standing across the Moscow River from the Kremlin.

His brother posted on Twitter that Whelan has "traveled extensively over the last 30 years," accompanied by a picture of the many postcards he sent to his sister.

Discharged from US military service

Whelan's family says the reservist, who served two tours in Iraq in 2004 and 2006, was in Russia to attend the wedding of a fellow former US service member and a Russian woman.

Whelan's military service ended after he was convicted by a special court-martial on a charge of attempted larceny, military court documents show. A record of the conviction says that, while in Iraq, Whelan tried to steal $10,410 in US currency.

Whelan, a Michigan resident, has had a career in corporate security, his brother said, including at automotive components supplier BorgWarner since 2017.

Whelan's job entails making sure BorgWarner facilities are physically secure, his brother said. The company confirmed his employment but noted that BorgWarner has no facilities in Russia.

CNN's Michelle Kosinski, Radina Gigova and Paula Newton contributed to this report.

US wants access to American held in Moscow on spying charges.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the U.S. hopes to gain access soon to a former Marine who was arrested in Russia on espionage charges and that "if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Paul Whelan, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday.

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