Former U.S. Marine Held In Russia Marks 4th Anniversary of Arrest

  • The brother of Paul Whelan, who is in a Russian prison on espionage charges, talked with the Washington Examiner on the fourth anniversary of Paul’s arrest about how it is more and more difficult as time goes on to secure his release.
  • “Milestones are always hard,” David Whelan said. “Four birthdays, four Christmases, and now the fourth anniversary of Paul’s wrongful detention. I think we share the same concern as every family in this situation, which is that, with each passing year, it will become harder to bring Paul home.”
  • Paul, who was discharged from the Marines for bad conduct in 2008 after being convicted of charges related to larceny, was sentenced by a Russian court to 16 years in prison in June, 2020.
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