Paul Whelan faces 20 years behind bars in Russia if convicted. He was initially thought to be an American, but it appeared that he has dual citizenship.
“Our staff have requested consular access to a British man detained in Russia after receiving a request for assistance from him,” the UK Foreign Office informed.
Vladimir Zherebenkov, the lawyer, stated that “he has applied for Whelan to be released on bail, though the decision is not expected soon”.
According to him, Whelan was in a “very hopeful” mood.
“The US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, met Whelan at Lefortovo prison, the former KGB facility where he is being held, on the same day. The ambassador said Washington had complained to the Russian government about the length of time it had taken to grant consular access to Whelan after his arrest,” the news agency's message reads.