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A Russian court extends the detention of former US Marine Paul Whelan three months

December 24, 2019

MOSCOW, Dec. 24 (Reuters / EP) –

A court in Moscow has extended this Tuesday three months, until March 29, the detention of former US Marine Paul Whelan on charges of espionage, as reported by the Interfax news agency.

Whelan, who has a US, Canadian and British passport, was arrested on December 28 at a hotel in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service. According to Russian Intelligence, an external memory device containing classified information was found.

Whelan says they set him up. According to its version, the 'pendrive' was given by a Russian acquaintance and believed that it contained holiday photos.

He has been in pretrial detention all this year waiting for the investigation to end. The 'number two' of the US Embassy in Moscow, Bart Gorman, asked the Russian authorities to release him last week.