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Family of ex-U.S. marine held by Russia to seek access in Moscow - Ifax

Family of ex-U.S. marine held by Russia to seek access in Moscow - Ifax
Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen detained in Russia for suspected spying, appears in a photo provided by the Whelan family on January 1, 2019. Courtesy Whelan Family/Handout via REUTERS   -   Copyright  HANDOUT(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Relatives of former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on suspicion of spying, will visit Moscow next week and request to see him, Interfax news agency cited his lawyer as saying on Tuesday.

Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, 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.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by John Stonestreet)

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