Convicted in Russia of spying for the American citizen Paul Whelan can be pardoned in the case of the issuance of the US prisoners there, and the Russians, “Interfax”.
a Source told the Agency about the negotiations between the US and Russia about the “prisoner exchange” that began after the Moscow city court on 15 June acknowledged Whelan guilty of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in a strict regime colony.
the Russian side, in particular, tries to achieve the exchange of Whelan’s once on two Russians Viktor bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko. The first was convicted in the United States to 25 years in prison for conspiracy to commit sale of a large consignment of weapons, and the second was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug smuggling.
“Washington and Moscow discussed various options, but the final decision has not been made yet”, — said the source.
the U.S. administration has stated that it intends to seek the return of Whelan’s home, and treatment in Russia described as “absolutely incorrect”.
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