Jailed Ex-Marine Not Going to Appeal Sentence

Former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who was sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison for espionage last week, will not appeal against his sentence, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Whelan’s lawyer.

Lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said Whelan, who holds the U.S., British, Canadian, and Irish passports, hoped to be exchanged in a prisoner swap with the United States in the near future, Reuters reported.

Russia says Whelan, detained in December 2018, was caught with a computer flash drive containing classified information, charges he denies.

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