Paul Funfoto: Cyril Kallinikov / RIA Novosti
American Paul Whelan, convicted in Russia for espionage, has complained that in the library of the remand prison “Lefortovo” there are no books in English. It is reported by RT.
Whelan said that he would like to read books about spies, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Poirot” and the works of Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn. Representatives of the prison noted that the relatives of the convicted Americans can send him books by mail, as in the prison in connection with the weakening of restrictive measures have started accepting packages for inmates. In addition to books, the American was also asked to provide him with the opportunity to call my parents and eat ice cream.
Previously, Whelan has declared that will appeal against sentence Moscow city court, which sentenced him to 16 years in prison. According to the protection of American, Moscow and Washington are preparing to exchange prisoners, it makes no sense to appeal the verdict.
On 15 June the Moscow city court has sentenced the US citizen Paul Whelan to 16 years in a strict regime colony, recognizing guilty of espionage. His lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov on the same day spoke about the possibility of exchange of Konstantin Yaroshenko and Viktor bout, prisoners in us prisons.
Whelan was detained in Moscow on 28 December 2018. On removal from the USB flash drive was discovered information that constitutes a state secret. The American lawyer claimed that the media was personal information about his stay in Russia during previous visits.
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