FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, looks out of a defendants’ cage before a court hearing in Moscow, Russia August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Thursday that a prison guard had forced him to his knees in custody and that he had been threatened with a gun, the Interfax news agency reported.
Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December and accused of espionage. He denies the allegations and says he was set up in a politically motivated sting.
Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Angus MacSwan