Lawyer for former US marine arrested for spying in Russia insists he has been framed in a KGB setup as court rules to hold him in jail for three more months | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Lawyer for former US marine arrested for spying in Russia insists he has been framed in a KGB setup as court rules to hold him in jail for three more months

The lawyer for a former US Marine who has been jailed in Moscow on espionage charges says his client is being set up by Russia's security services.

Paul Whelan, of Michigan, was arrested in a hotel room in the Russian capital in late December and accused of 'unspecified spying activity' amid claims he was caught with a 'USB stick containing names of Russian agents'.

Defense attorney Vladimir Zherebenkov has said Whelan was given the memory stick by a Russian acquaintance and believed that it contained holiday photographs - not the 'state secrets' that Russian intelligence officials say was on it.

The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld the ruling that ordered keeping Whelan in jail at least until the end of May.

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