David Whelan, the twin brother of Paul Whelan, the man charged with spying by Russian authorities, spoke up about his brother's situation in an interview in Toronto on Tuesday.
«I think it's ridiculous. I don't think there's any way that my brother Paul is a spy,» Whelan said.
Whelan described the confusion that resulted in the aftermath of his brother's detention, saying «we don't really... Еще know how that happened or what happened, it was frustrating that they didn't announce after, until after three days, and there another three days until somebody could see him, so it was almost six days of detention before anybody could get to him and check on his well-being.»
Whelan holds four passports, from Canada, the UK, and Ireland by birth, to which he added the American passport when he joined the US Marines. According to David, the US embassy has seen him once, and they hope to see him again. Meanwhile, Paul Whelan has sought out consular access from the Canadian, British and Irish governments.
According to the Russian Security Service (FSB), Whelan was detained in Moscow on December 28 as he was caught red-handed while carrying out spying activities, with a USB stick that allegedly holds the data of individuals working for Russian Government security agencies. The FSB investigative department has opened a criminal case of espionage against Whelan, who faces up to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty.