American convicted of spying in Russia, gets 16 years

VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court convicted an American corporate security executive Monday of espionage and sentenced him to 16 years in prison after a closed trial that the U.S. denounced as a "mockery of justice," and it angrily said his treatment in jail was "appalling." Paul Whelan, a former Marine from Novi, Michigan, has insisted he was innocent, saying he was set up when he was arrested in Moscow in December 2018 while he was visiting Russia to attend a friend's wedding. "We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of the fair trial guarantees that Russia is required to provide him in accordance with its international human rights obligations," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The 50-year-old Whelan, who als
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