Today, June 15, it became known that in Moscow to sixteen
years in prison sentenced the American, Paul Whelan, who previously
accused of espionage and illegal acquisition of state secrets. It is emphasized that
the Prosecutor’s office demanded to condemn a citizen of the United States to 18 years in prison.

It is reported Диалог.UA with reference to the material the BBC.

Noted, American detained in 2018, and the result
said that he was illegally in possession of a state secret. He was accused of espionage, though
the Whelan noted that he was set up by a friend from the FSB.

He also had three more nationality: Ireland, Canada and
UK. American applied to all the three embassies, but achieved nothing. Notes
the sentencing took place behind closed doors, and the materials of the case are

U.S. Ambassador to Russia called the verdict unjust and
assured that Whelan should be immediately released from custody. Lawyer
American said it will Lodge the documents to the appeal and
if this does not help, in the future will rise the question of the exchange of Whelan.

Before this foreign scientist Peter Zalmaev said
U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, who was detained by the FSB of the Russian Federation because of alleged suspicions
espionage is a pawn in the political games of the Russian leadership.

Earlier, in United States Maria Butina pleaded guilty to
illegal lobbying of interests of the Putin regime in the United States. April 26, 2019 American
the court sentenced her to 18 months in prison, after which she will be deported to
Of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, the former head of the Secretariat of the UN security Council Ukrainian
diplomat Oleksandr Matsuka confirmed the information that in the international
the office a large number of Russian spies.

Vadim Golovko