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US citizen Paul Whelan formally charged in Russia with espionage, lawyer says

(CNN) American citizen Paul Whelan has been formally charged in Russia with espionage, his lawyer said Thursday, almost a week after he was detained in Moscow while on what his family says was only a vacation trip.Whelan, 48, a Michigan resident and director of global security for a US-based automotive components supplier, was arrested December…

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US citizen Paul Whelan formally charged in Russia with espionage, lawyer says

(CNN) American citizen Paul Whelan has been formally charged in Russia with espionage, his lawyer said Thursday, almost a week after he was detained in Moscow while on what his family says was only a vacation trip.

Whelan, 48, a Michigan resident and director of global security for a US-based automotive components supplier, was arrested December 28 in Moscow on suspicion of carrying out an espionage act, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said earlier this week.
His lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, declined to speak about details of the charges in a conversation with CNN on Thursday.

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