US Citizen Arrested In Russia Was In Moscow For Wedding
CNN reports that a US citizen who has been arrested in Russia on accusations of spying is a retired Marine who was in Moscow for a wedding.
American Paul Whelan, was arrested Friday in Moscow on suspicion of carrying out an act of espionage.
David Whelan, Paul's brother told reporters "We are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being.
His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected".
48-year-old Paul Whelan is director of global security for a Michigan-based automotive components supplier.
David said his brother has visited Russia many times for work and he flew to Moscow on December 22 to attend the wedding of an ex-marine friend and a Russian woman.
If found guilty, Whelan faces 10 to 20 years imprisonment.