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U.S. Embassy to Russia: State of Paul Whelan, kept in Lefortovo prison, deteriorates

The U.S. citizen was detained on the suspicion of espionage in December 2018
21:48, 1 July 2019

Paul Whelan, U.S. ex-marine, who was arrested in Moscow
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U.S Embassy to the Russian Federation stated about the deterioration of the state of U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, who was arrested by Russian authorities on the suspicion of espionage, as embassy reported on Twitter.

The embassy noted that Whelan gets basic medical aid in Lefortovo prison; however, his state needs more than the remand center might provide.

“Our appeal on the consultation of the invited doctor was rejected; the state of Paul Whelan deteriorated. The well-being of the U.S. citizens abroad is our main priority,” the embassy concluded.

Related: Polish citizen accused of espionage sentenced to 14 years in Russian jail

Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow on December 28, 2018. He is accused of espionage but he denies all charges. However, if the court finds him guilty, he will face up to 20 years in the prison.

Later Russian authorities rejected Britain’s suggestion that it might use the ex-U.S. Marine detained in Moscow on espionage charges as a pawn in the diplomatic game.  Besides, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia stated that the news on discussions about a possible spy swap with former U.S. marine Paul Whelan is fake.

 

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