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Detained US citizen Paul Whelan was in Moscow for a wedding, his brother says
By Jason Hanna and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN
Updated 1:44 PM ET, Tue January 1, 2019
(CNN)A US citizen and corporate security director detained in Russia on accusations of spying is a retired Marine who was in Moscow for a wedding, his twin brother said Tuesday.
Paul Whelan, 48, of Novi, Michigan, was arrested Friday in Moscow on suspicion of carrying out an act of espionage, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has said. His family rejects the accusation.
Paul Whelan was arrested Friday in Moscow, Russia said.
"We are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being. His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected," Whelan's brother, David Whelan, said in a statement released Tuesday to CNN.
Paul Whelan is director of global security for Michigan-based automotive components supplier BorgWarner, where he has worked a few years, the company said Tuesday.
Paul has been to Russia many times for work and personal business, and he flew to Moscow on December 22 to attend a wedding ceremony for a fellow ex-Marine and a Russian woman, David Whelan said.
Paul was with the bride and groom at the Kremlin on Friday, acting as a tour guide for wedding guests, the brother said. When Paul didn't arrive at the wedding later that day, the couple filed a missing-person report with Russian authorities, David Whelan said.
The family learned about Paul's detention only on Monday morning after media reports emerged, David Whelan said.
"Knowing that he's not dead, it weirdly really helps," David Whelan said. "When we couldn't get ahold of him initially, we were worried, and we are still worried now, but at least we know he is alive."
Paul Whelan was born in Canada to British parents, but lives in Michigan now and served multiple tours with the US Marine Corps in Iraq, his brother said. The US State Department has said he is a US citizen.
Whelan's has contacted congressional representatives, the US Embassy, and the State Department for information and assistance, his brother said.
"I think there's really just one goal, which is ... to get Paul back home."...
So how much you wanna bet Trumpy bends right over and says "Well if my friend Ptin says he was spying..." then gives over Butina, like Putin wants. Appeasing "Rusher" is obviously a Trump (and GOP) priority.:roll: