The Moscow City Court sentenced Paul Whelan, an American accused of espionage, to 16 years of strict regime colony. This is reported by the agency “Moscow”.
A former U.S. Army Marine was detained in Moscow on December 28, 2018. Paul Whelan was found a flashcard with information that is a state secret – a list of personnel of one of the FSB units.
Whelan’s defense claimed that the flash drive contained information about Whelan’s vacation in Russia during his previous visits. Whelan was charged with spying for the United States.
In addition to American citizenship, Whelan is a national of Great Britain, Ireland, and Canada.
The media reported that after his dismissal Whelan worked for BorgWarner auto parts company and visited Russia several times. The case against Whelan is classified as “top secret”.