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British government concerned after Russian Federation detains United Kingdom citizen on espionage charges

08 January 2019

The news that Paul Whelan holds citizenship in four countries brings worldwide pressure on Russian Federation from several fronts.

Paul Whelan's brother told The Associated Press that he can't help but question if the events are connected.

Whelan's Russian attorney has said that his client is expected to be in a Russian prison until the end of February, but he is hoping Whelan will be granted bail.

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) claims to have caught Paul Whelan red-handed.

His family back home says he was nothing more than a tourist.

David said he and his brother were born in Ottawa but that Paul hasn't lived in Canada since the early 1970s when the family emigrated to the U.S.

His brother, David, told the AP that Whelan loves to travel and likes to "interact with the people in the places that he goes", but that Whelan would be too "conspicuous" to be selected as a spy.

Whelan also holds an Irish passport, although he entered Russian Federation on his United States one, an official source told AFP.

Otherwise he lived most of his life in MI, where he worked in corporate security.

Mr Whelan was in Moscow helping to plan the wedding of another former marine when he was arrested in late December. Instead he's in Lefortovo, a notorious prison run by the KGB in Soviet times and still used for foreigners accused of spying.

"Paul is a very generous person and a very loyal friend and in that role, a friend of his had asked him to come to Russian Federation and help with the wedding party", he explained.

'I realise that there are geopolitical aspects to this that we can't really know about; what's happening at that level, ' he said.

For almost a decade, he has had an account on VKontakte, which means In Contact. Many attended universities affiliated with the military, civil aviation or technical studies.

This lack of certainty about the facts makes Jeremy Hunt's decision to accuse Russian Federation of playing diplomatic chess games all the more interesting.

He is also said to have revelled in exposing security flaws.

"Who would be buying right out of the blue in the middle of November 2018, six weeks before the Russians pick Paul up for spying", David Whelan said. He has dozens of Russian friends on Russian social media site VKontakte. Zherebenkov said he has seen absolutely no evidence indicating otherwise, and added that Whelan is in a "very hopeful" mood. He was born in Canada and moved to the US, where he served in the military.

Miami federal prosecutors accused Makarenko in June 2017 of conspiring to export defense articles including night-vision scopes from the United States to Russian Federation without US approval, Reuters reported. He began active duty with the Marines in 2003 and was deployed twice to Iraq, rising to staff sergeant. Whelan saw his rank stripped, was demoted to private and discharged for bad conduct. "There is no way". "Detention should not be used as a political tool", Adam Austen, a spokesman for Ms. Freeland, said in an e-mailed statement on Sunday.

Russia demands from Washington explanations as to the reasons behind the arrest of Russian national Dmitry Makarenko, the Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.

Whelan's arrest came two weeks after Russian gun-rights activist Maria Butina pleaded guilty in the United States to conspiring to act as a foreign agent by trying to infiltrate conservative circles and the National Rifle Association to influence us politics. She is cooperating with federal prosecutors. It was during his military service that he first took a trip to Russian Federation. He was Kelly's head of global security and investigations until 2016. BorgWarner, the automotive parts supplier where Whelan works as corporate security director, has said he was not there on business for them. "He is responsible for overseeing security at our facilities in Auburn Hills, Michigan and at other company locations around the world".

British government concerned after Russian Federation detains United Kingdom citizen on espionage charges