Convicted of espionage, American Paul Whelan was placed in a punishment cell for violating the regime. About this on Thursday, July 29, with reference to his lawyer informs Kommersant.
According to the lawyer, it became known from the convict’s brother David that Paul was placed in a punishment cell for a minor violation, but the American could not explain exactly what action this was done. Lawyer Olga Karlova tried to contact Whelan by phone, but she was refused communication. The defender sent a request to the e-mail of the colony in Mordovia, where the convict is being held.
On June 15, it was reported that Paul Whelan, a citizen of the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Ireland, convicted in Russia for espionage, appealed to US President Joe Biden with a request to return him home “to the family and dog Flora.”
Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow on December 28, 2018. They found a USB flash drive with data constituting a state secret. The defense insisted that it contained his personal information about his vacation in Russia during his previous visits. On August 4, 2020, the verdict of the Moscow City Court came into force, which appointed Whelan 16 years in prison in a maximum security colony.