Ex-US marine accused of spying in Russia is British citizen

Paul Whelan revealed to be dual national after being arrested in Moscow for ‘act of espionage’

The former US marine who is being held in Moscow on charges of spying is a British citizen, it has emerged.

Paul Whelan, who is thought to be facing 20 years in a Russian prison if convicted, was initially thought to be American, but was revealed to be a dual national on Thursday evening. The UK Foreign Office said: “Our staff have requested consular access to a British man detained in Russia after receiving a request for assistance from him.”

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