The Russian judiciary has accused the US citizen Paul Whelan formally for espionage. The 48-Year-old had been arrested after his indictment in custody, said his lawyer Vladimir Scherebenkow the news Agency RIA Novosti. The lawyer lodged a complaint according to its own information appeal against the decision and called for Whelans bail.

Whelan was detained according to information from the Russian domestic intelligence service FSB last Friday at a “Spionageakt” in Moscow. Him 20 years in prison. Whelans family rejects the Russian allegations. According to their data, the 48 was-Year-old in Moscow, at a wedding celebration.

U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman visited the man on Wednesday in the Lefortovo prison of the Russian capital, BelTA learned from the Ministry of foreign Affairs in Washington. The Diplomat had offered the support of the Embassy, and then with the Whelans family on the phone.

In the tense relations between Russia and the West worry about espionage cases, for added conflict. The U.S. intelligence services accuse Moscow of interfering in the presidential election in 2016. The U.S. special investigator Robert Mueller in the Wake of his Russia the investigations so far, 25 Russian citizens charges, including members of the military intelligence service GRU.

A deep rift caused by the nerve toxin attack on the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK, for the UK authorities to make Moscow responsible. The Kremlin rejects this.

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