American imprisoned in Russia urges Biden to arrange exchange

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Washington (AFP) – A former US Marine imprisoned in Russia on espionage charges has urged President Joe Biden to arrange a prisoner exchange with Russian leader Vladimir Putin when the two meet in Geneva on June 16. Paul Whelan, a security official in a US auto parts company when he was arrested in a Moscow hotel in December 2018, was sentenced to 16 years in prison in June 2020. He told CNN in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he was a victim of hostage diplomacy. “The abduction of an American citizen cannot stand anywhere in the world,” he told the US news network by telephone from his R…

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