News agency Interfax says Russia to blame the now former marines for espionage. The matter told news agency Reuters, however, is not able to ensure the Interfax information from independent sources.
Russian security service, the FSB arrested Whelan 28. December suspected espionage, but it did not specify what kind of spying was going on.
U.s. secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the united states wants Russia to explain the Whelan's arrest on espionage charges. The united states also require Whelan's immediate return, if the united states considers the arrest to be unjustified.
the Family according to Whelan was in Moscow a retired marine at the wedding. Family to convince Whelan to be innocent of espionage.
the Russian law, espionage can be sentenced to 10-20 years in prison.