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American Accused of Spying in Russia Is Marine Veteran Who Visited Moscow for Wedding, Family Says

Jan 02, 2019 - The New York Times

The American man who was arrested last week in Russia on a spying charge is a Marine Corps veteran who was in Moscow to attend a wedding, his family said on Tuesday.

Russia's Federal Security Service, known as the F.S.B., said on Monday that the American, Paul N. Whelan, had been detained on Friday ''during an act of espionage,'' and that a criminal case had been opened against him. Conviction on a spying charge in Russia carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

''We noticed t...