Biden will raise the issue of Whelan’s release at a meeting with Putin in Geneva

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.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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