USA diplomats regularly visit detained Americans, says embassy in Russian Federation

American and British citizen Paul Whelan was arrested on suspicion of spying in Moscow on December 28

Paul Whelan, a former United States marine, officially employed as director of global security for a Michigan-based automotive parts supplier, was detained in Moscow on December 28, with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) filing a criminal case against him over allegations of espionage, he faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Paul Whelan is pictured in this undated photo released by his family.

Apart from USA citizenship, Whelan also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports.

Whelan's lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, said on January 3 that he filed a complaint with the Lefortovo court because the detention without bail is "excessive and unwarranted".

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Some former USA intelligence officers have speculated Whelan may have been taken in retaliation over the jailing of Maria Butina, the Russian gun rights activist who last month pleaded guilty in a US court to acting as a foreign agent.

Ambassador Huntsman met Whelan at the Lefortovo Detention Facility, and the prisoner's family thanked him for staying in "regular contact" with Whelan and assuring his "rights will be respected". The source added that Whelan entered Russian Federation on his U.S. passport and that it remained unclear what exactly he might have been trying to do on his own in Russian Federation. "We need to see what those charges are against him to understand whether there is a case or not".

His brother posted on Twitter that Whelan has "traveled extensively over the last 30 years", accompanied by a picture of the many postcards he sent to his sister. He was arrested by the Russian special security services (FSB) and accused of being an American spy who had tried to recruit Russian nationals via social media.

Since 2017, Whelan has worked for a Michigan-based auto parts company called BorgWarner, most recently as director of global security.

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