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Former U.S. marine held in Russia on spy charges seeks bail - news agencies

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A lawyer acting for a former U.S. marine detained in Russia on espionage charges has filed an appeal with a Moscow court seeking to have his client released on bail, Russian news agencies cited the court as saying on Thursday.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds a British passport, was detained by Russia's Federal Security Service on Dec. 28. His family have said he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.

The court has received the appeal, but has not yet set a date for a hearing to determine its fate, agencies reported.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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