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Detainee Paul Whelan has four citizenships, - media

The man holds passports of the United States, Great Britain, Ireland and Canada
23:05, 4 January 2019
An undated photograph of Paul N. Whelan released by his family.
The New York Times

The U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, previously accused of espionage, has citizenships of four countries: the United States, Great Britain, Ireland and Canada, reports The Washington Post 

According to the message, Whelan has the Canadian passport, since he was born there. The passport of Ireland and Great Britain he received due to his origin. 

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‘He collected them, competing with his sister to see who could get the most,’ the person familiar with Whelan’s case said. 

Earlier, Russia’s Federal Security Service reported that the U.S. citizen Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying.  

The service reported that the American was detained “during holding espionage action”.  

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"The investigation department of the Federal Security Service of Russia initiated a criminal case against a US citizen under Article 276 (espionage) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation," reads the message.  

At the same time, they didn’t specify any details.  

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