American citizen convicted of espionage against Russia.
US President Joe Biden intends to raise the issue of the release of American citizen Paul Whelan convicted of espionage against Russia, at a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva. This was stated by the charge d’affaires of the United States in Russia Bart Gorman.
“Today marks the 900-day prison sentence of US citizen Paul Whelan. The US president plans to raise this important issue with President Putin at a bilateral US-Russian summit in Geneva. It’s time for Paul to return home to the United States,” the diplomat said in a statement posted on the embassy’s Twitter account. Whelan, who is a citizen of the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, was detained by the FSB of Russia in a room of the hotel “Metropol” in Moscow during the espionage campaign on December 28, 2018. The investigative department of the FSB of Russia opened a criminal case against him under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Espionage”). The Moscow City Court found him guilty and sentenced him to 16 years in a high-security penal colony.