Russia: US national held on charges of espionage
Russian Security Service identifies suspected spy as Paul Whelan
By Elena Teslova
Russian security services have apprehended a U.S. national in the capital Moscow on suspicions of espionage, country's state-run news agency TASS reported Monday.
Paul Whelan was detained on Dec.28 "while on a spy mission", TASS said, citing a source in the Federal Security Service, or FSB.
"On December 28, 2018 staff members of the Russian Federal Security Service detained US citizen Paul Whelan in Moscow while on a spy mission," TASS quoted FSB's public relations center as saying.
A criminal investigation was underway.
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