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Preliminary investigation into Whelan’s case completed in Russia

American Paul Whelan convicted of espionage in Russia and sentenced to 16 years in prison

The American is accused of espionage. He faces up to 20 years in prison

Preliminary investigation into the case of American Paul Whelan completed in Russia.Preliminary investigation into Whelan's case completed in Russia The Federal Security Service accuses him of espionage. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Whelan’s case is expected to be sent to the attorney general’s office next week for an indictment.

Whelan’s defense asks to dismiss the criminal case due to lack of corpus delicti. Whelan himself does not admit his guilt.

Paul Whelan was arrested on December 28, 2018. According to the investigation, he received a flash drive with classified data. The American claims he did not know about its contents..

The US Embassy in Russia claims that it has not yet received evidence of Whelan’s guilt, and the treatment of the arrested person in the detention center calls "unworthy". Whelan’s health is deteriorating, and the Russian authorities do not provide him with the necessary assistance, according to the diplomatic mission.

Whelan, in addition to US citizenship, has citizenships of Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. According to official figures, he was in charge of the security service at the large American company BorgWarner, which produces components for cars. Twice participated in the military campaign in Iraq, in 2004 and 2006.Preliminary investigation into Whelan's case completed in Russia In January 2008, he was convicted by a military tribunal for involvement in embezzlement and then dismissed from the military..

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