Russia looks to extend detention of ex-US marine held for spying

Russia has granted US consular officials access to Paul Whelan, a US citizen detained in Russia on suspicion of spying. (Reuters pic)

MOSCOW: Russia’s FSB security service has asked a Moscow court to extend the detention of former US marine Paul Whelan who is being held on suspicion of spying, the Interfax news agency cited a court spokeswoman as saying on Wednesday.

Whelan, who holds US, British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec 28. He denies the charges against him.

The court ruled in late December that Whelan should be held in custody until Feb 28, the agency reported. The FBS wants to extend this to May 28.