An American accused of espionage in Russia complains about health problems
The health condition of Paul Whelan, an American accused of espionage, who has been in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center since December 2018, has deteriorated. Writes about this “Currently,”With reference to the US Embassy in Russia.
According to the diplomatic mission, in the SIZO, Whelan is provided with basic medical care, but it is not enough. The Russian side rejected the request for admission to an American doctor for consultation.
48-year-old Paul Whelan was arrested in Moscow FSB officers 28 December, but it became known only after two days - December 31. At the end of June 2019, the court extended the arrest of Whelan until the end of August.
During the arrest, Whelan had a flash card with information that allegedly constitutes a state secret in Russia. However, according to the lawyer of the detained American, Whelan believed that there was "open information of cultural significance" and his photos from previous trips to Russia, and not at all classified information. Whelan called his criminal prosecution "absurd political kidnapping" - he insists on his innocence.
The FSB of the Russian Federation accuses Whelan of espionage under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of Russia. According to her, a man faces imprisonment for a term from 10 to 20 years.
Whelan has been a US Army infantryman since 1994. He served in Iraq twice - in 2004 and 2006. But in 2008 he was demoted to the rank and file and fired after several charges of theft. It is also known that since 2017 Whelan worked as the chief of security at the American company BorgWarner in Michigan. It is engaged in the supply of auto parts and components, including the Russian "KamAZ". Details about his life told the detainee's brother.
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