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American Paul Whelan, Held In Russia On Spy Charges, Is Sentenced To 16 Years

Whelan was arrested in 2018 at a hotel in Moscow. Russian officials say he was in possession of classified information, but the former U.S. Marine says he was set up.
U.S. citizen Paul Whelan attends a sentencing hearing on Monday at the Moscow City Court on charges of espionage against Russia. Source: Anton Novoderezhkin

Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen who was arrested in Moscow in 2018 on charges of espionage, has been found guilty in a closed trial and sentenced to 16 years in prison in a case that has strained relations between the two countries.

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