‘Used for political purposes’: Russia extends detention of American accused of being a spy

A Russian court extended the detention of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan as he awaits a trial on charges of espionage.

Whelan, 49, has been imprisoned in Russia for a year and faces up to 20 years in prison if tried and convicted. The Moscow City Court extended his detention by three months on Tuesday.

“No espionage, no evidence, no red hand,” Whelan said Tuesday before security guards threatened to remove the press from the courtroom if he did not stop speaking.

Whelan also said the Federal Security Service, the Russian intelligence service, was threatening him.
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