American Paul Whelan, convicted in Russia for espionage, has decided not to appeal the verdict and wait for the exchange, since Russian does not believe in justice. This was told RIA Novosti his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov.
According to the defender, Whelan “doesn’t want to waste time” and “he hoped for an early exchange”.
Attorney Whelan said earlier that the foreign intelligence Service of Russia is considering the possibility of exchange for Viktor bout or Konstantin Yaroshenko held in us prisons.
As reported, a week ago, the Moscow city court sentenced Whelan to 16 years in prison for espionage.
the accused pleaded not guilty. According to the lawyer, the American, the victim of provocation: he was transferred to a flash drive, which supposedly contained a photo of him from tours to Sergiev Posad.