Former US Marine Paul Whelan, convicted of espionage charges in Russia, gets 16-year prison sentence
The twin brother of an American sentenced on Russian espionage charges says the family will continue to fight for Paul Whelan’s freedom. (June 15)
American Paul Whelan, a former Marine, was convicted by Russia of spying Monday, receiving a 16-year prison sentence in a maximum-security prison colony.
Whelan pleaded not guilty to the espionage charges and claimed he was set up in a sting operation orchestrated by Russia’s intelligence services. He was visiting Russia for the wedding of a friend when he was arrested in December 2018 after receiving a USB flash drive that allegedly contained classified Russian information.
Whelan’s trial began March 23, but the proceedings have been closed to the public, and many of the case’s details have emerged…