American detained in Russia turned out to be a citizen of two more countries
The American Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Russia in late December on espionage charges, is also a citizen of Great Britain and Canada.
The British Foreign Office (MFA) reported that the diplomats requested consular access to the “British detained in Russia”, while the name of the detainee was not indicated in the department, writes “Interfax".
“The diplomats sent a request for consular access to the British detained in Russia after receiving a request for assistance,” the ministry said in a statement.
The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, confirmed that the British side had requested a consular visit to Whelan.
Paul Whelan was born in Canada to two British subjects - Edward and Rosemary Whelan. By birthright in the country, he also received Canadian citizenship, but the detainee's brother David Whelan does not know if Paul retained Canadian citizenship. Subsequently, the man moved to the United States, where he also received citizenship.
According to David Whelan, their family is from the British city of Birmingham, and they "went there to visit relatives."
Recall 28 December in Moscow, the FSB detained US citizen Paul Whelan on suspicion of spying. At the same time, Russia refused to explain what had become the basis for the arrest and nomination of such charges. If his guilt is proved, a man faces from 10 to 20 years in prison.
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