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Russia asks for 18-year sentence for American accused of spying

Posted on AllSides May 25th, 2020
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Russian prosecutors on Monday requested an 18-year sentence in a maximum security prison for former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was accused of spying, his lawyer told reporters.

Whelan, a U.S. national with British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December 2018 in Russia but has claimed he was set up and pleaded not guilty, Reuters reported,

“The prosecution has made a very harsh demand, it’s absolutely unjustified and groundless. To be honest, we’re in shock,” Whelan’s lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told reporters.

Whelan’s trial began on March 23...

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