The detainee FSB American was in the military and went to a friend’s wedding

Paul Whelan

KIEV. 1 Jan. UNN. Citizen of the United States, which Moscow was detained by the FSB of Russia on suspicion of espionage, served in the marine corps and worked for a company that produces auto parts. He came to Russia for the wedding of his colleague, who got engaged to a Russian woman, reports UNN citing CNN.

It is reported that 48-year-old Paul Whelan arrived in Moscow on 22 December, but didn’t come to the wedding. The family of the former military found out about his arrest the next day on the news.

American participated in the fighting in Iraq, and after retirement went to work in a company BorgWarner, which produces automotive parts, to a position on security issues. The company said that their employees went to Russia on personal business.

If Vilana found guilty of espionage, he faces 10 to 20 years of imprisonment.

As noted by the speaker of the US state Department, Russian foreign Ministry reported about the detention, but should also ensure that the American Consul access to his compatriot.

“We made the request and expected that the Russian authorities will provide it,” he said.

Earlier UNN reported that the FSB detained in Moscow, a US citizen Paul wheelan, who is suspected of espionage.