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US Citizen detained by Russia’s FSB on suspicion of espionage

Paul Whelan, a US citizen apparently living in Moscow, was detained on December 28 by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). He is presently being held under suspicion of spying, according to a statement from the FSB.

There is very little information being released about this situation. TASS reported:

“On December 28, 2018 staff members of the Russian Federal Security Service detained US citizen Paul Whelan in Moscow while on a spy mission,” the center said.

A criminal investigation into espionage has been launched against the US citizen.

If found guilty, he faces between 10 and 20 years in jail.

One post through Facebook, from a Miodrag Soric, offered this information:

According to Russian media, the FSB has detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow. His name is Paul Whelan. A criminal case had been opened against him. The American had been detained on December 28. No reactions from Russian or American officials so far. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow could not immediately be reached for comment.

The FSB is usually rather tight-lipped about news of their actions, for understandable reasons. This is the first reported apprehension of an American in Russia to be reported in quite some time.

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igor
igor
December 31, 2018

No release until all Russians including Victor Bout are released and compensation paid for wrongful arrest and detention

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  igor
December 31, 2018

The US authorities will never release Victor Bout and Maria Butina.

So I hope that Paul Whelan will be found guilty of espionage as well and gets 20 years of prison in Russia.

This will have the additional bonus of keeping US citizens away. There are far too many roaming around in the Russian Federation. What a nuisance they are!

TheCelotajs
TheCelotajs
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
January 1, 2019

You see that also. More like a pain in the back side

Platon
Platon
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
January 1, 2019

CIA agent Jeltsin let untold thousands in.

Platon
Platon
Reply to  igor
January 1, 2019

That great statesman and humanitarian of the West, Menachem Begin said: “1000 teeth for one tooth.”
So, why not, from now on, 1000 Jews (or Golem agents of global Jewry) for one Russian?

7.62x54R
7.62x54R
December 31, 2018

It’s about time the Russians realize that they are wasting their time with the American Neocon Left and the US Establishment as a whole. The Chinese seem to already know this.

Regula
Regula
January 1, 2019

Good move, Russia. Don’t exchange him for anything less than all the Russian prisoners in US jails.

Taras 77
Taras 77
January 1, 2019

The name seems very familiar but who knows at this point.

I would think it absolutely fair that the american is treated just as the thugs in the us treated maria butina: sleep deprivation, solitary for many weeks, just one hour of supervised exercise per day, etc.

Nothing against the american but the risks were clear.

Platon
Platon
Reply to  Taras 77
January 1, 2019

To be fair, or at least frank, they treat their own almost as badly. Making me wonder, does the Jewish owned Kakistocracy even have a ‘their own’?

Platon
Platon
January 1, 2019

Start therapeutic swim lessons (waterboarding), protective isolation (solitary confinement), enhanced interrogation techniques (torture), all good democratic methods of the Democratic ‘leader of the free world’ the USA, in 10…9…8…7…

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
January 1, 2019

Another ZioYank political meddling agent taking his deceitful cowardly orders from ZOG-liar Swamp-Chump and the sneaky Deep-State he also slyly works for.

disappointed
disappointed
January 2, 2019

Maria, as a young student seeking support for citizen gun rights in Russia no less; Bout, a kidnapped pilot and forcibly brought to the US for “dealing in arms” in SE Asia (How many Americans, Israelies, Ukrainians, Saudis, etc. engage in questionable arms sales and we don’t persue and prosecute?); This guy, Whelan, a middle-aged exmarine “business man” engaged in “global security” for a US manufacturing firm; who is most likely to be working against the interests and security of the country they were visting at the time and were actually spying? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
January 3, 2019

The FSB, the Russian federal security service, announced Monday that a criminal case had been opened against Whelan under Article 276 of the criminal law, which calls for up to 20 years in prison for spy activity. Rosbalt, a Russian news outlet, cited an intelligence source Wednesday saying that Whelan was caught red-handed while meeting in a room at the Metropol hotel with a Russian citizen he had tried to recruit to get classified information on the staff make-up of various Russian agencies and services. Rosbalt reported that Whelan was arrested in his hotel room of the Metropol Hotel, when… Read more »

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