Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia for alleged spying. Photo: AP
Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia for alleged spying. Photo: AP

US marks four-year anniversary of Paul Whelan’s detention in Russia, Blinken calls it an ‘unfathomable ordeal’

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken said securing Whelan’s release remains a top priority – it was hoped he would be included in Brittney Griner’s prisoner swap
  • The Michigan corporate security executive was given a 16-year prison sentence in Russia on espionage charges that family and the government say are baseless

Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia for alleged spying. Photo: AP
Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia for alleged spying. Photo: AP
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