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Paul Whelan’s lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told about the possibility of sharing a US citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko and Viktor bout, prisoners in us prisons. His words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
“The foreign intelligence service is talk about the fact that Whelan may be exchanged for bout or Yaroshenko (…), they have been kept since December,” said Zherebenkov.
In response, the Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov stressed that Moscow has repeatedly proposed to Washington the exchange of nationals serving sentences in prisons. He added that the Russian side still adheres to this position.
Earlier the Moscow city court sentenced Whelan to 16 years in a strict regime colony, recognizing guilty of espionage. The criminal case was considered in the closed mode, since the materials contain the data making the state secret.
Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow on 28 December 2018. On removal from the USB flash drive was discovered information that constitutes a state secret. Lawyer Whelan claimed that the drive had personal information about his stay in Russia during previous visits, but the sources of the newspaper “Kommersant” said that she, presumably, found a list of the personnel of one of divisions of FSB. Whelan was charged with spying for the United States.
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