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WorldRussia says talk of spy swap with former U.S. marine is false

12:31  11 january  2019
12:31  11 january  2019 Source:   reuters.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.

The British prime minister said the poisoning of a former Russian spy in southern England was either a direct act by Russia or that the country had lost Critics say the British authorities took only modest countermeasures after Russian agents poisoned a former MI6 informant in 2006 with the rare

Whelan is a former US Marine , who worked as a security director for BorgWarner, a major Canadian diplomats said that Whelan had maple leaf citizenship, but his brother David could not say if he CBS suggested that the ex- Marine " is a pawn in Russia ' s play to get back one of its spies , Maria Butina

Russia says talk of spy swap with former U.S. marine is false © Reuters/HANDOUT Paul Whelan appears in a photo provided by the Whelan family

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that there were no discussions about setting up a possible spy swap involving former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, calling speculation about such a deal fake news.

Paul 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 and accused of espionage. His family have said he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said diplomats from Britain, Canada and Ireland would get access to Whelan in what she called the agreed time frame.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh and Andrew Osborn; Editing by Tom Balmforth)

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.

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