Netizens are curious about Paul Whelan’s Death hoax news surfaced online after he was transferred to a prison hospital following the December 8 Russian custody hearing.
Canadian-born ex-United States Marine Paul Nicholas Whelan was arrested in Russia on December 28, 2018, and accused of spying.
Paul worked as a corporate security director and had earlier worked as a Police officer in Michigan.
According to a deposition, the prisoner, in 2013, was in law enforcement Police officer and a sheriff’s deputy in Washtenaw County in Chelsea, Michigan, from 1988 to 2000.
When Paul got arrested while investigating BorgWarner, an international automotive parts manufacturer based in Michigan and director of global security.
Moreover, he was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps for bad conduct.
Russian Prisoner Paul Whelan’s Death Hoax: What Happened To Paul Whelan?
The ex-United States Marine death hoax captivated the viewers’ attention after he was transferred to a prison hospital due to ill health.
According to Aljazeera, Paul Whelan’s brother David has confirmed the American, convicted on espionage charges, gave ‘proof of life in a phone call.
On June 15, 2020, Paul was convicted of spying and sentenced to 16 years in a maximum security jail. However, the former Marine officer denied all the charges.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr told the prisoner’s family, confirming he was in good health and spirits.
However, his family needed to supply all his incidental needs aside from basic foodstuffs.
On June 15, 2020, a former Marine officer was convicted by a court in Moscow in a Russian prison for espionage for 16 years.
On December 8, 2022, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner had been traded for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in a long-anticipated prisoner swap.
Paul Whelan Arrest
Paul was initially held at Correctional Colony No. 18 under the supervision of the Russian Federation’s Federal Penitentiary Service.
According to Wikipedia, the Russian prisoner is currently held in a high-security prison, IK-17, eight hour drive southeast of Moscow.
On December 28, 2018, Paul got handcuffed in the Moscow area by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), confirming his arrest.
According to the Russian news agency Rosbalt, The prisoner was arrested at the Metropol while concluding a long outing with a Russian citizen who gave him a USB drive containing a list of all the employees at a classified security agency inside the hotel.
Following his arrest, The former American Marine officer revealed his friend appeared at the hotel, followed by authorities to arrest him.
Paul Whelan Charges Explained
Whelan was being held in Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison. As of March 2019, he shared a cell with another prisoner who spoke no English.
Former CIA officers have stated that the CIA would not recruit an officer with Whelan’s military record nor leave an officer exposed without a diplomatic passport.
Sources claim Paul’s arrest is connected to tensions between Russia and the United States and the detention of confessed unregistered foreign agent Maria Butina.
Paul’s family is a part of the Bring Our Families Home Campaign which advocates bringing home wrongful detainees and hostages.