The American Paul Whelan, whom the Russian court found guilty of espionage, was beaten in the colony, the Federal Service for the Execution of Sentences reported. He already complained about the use of violence against him in 2021. Then the authorities denied it.
The 53-year-old former marine is being held in a high-security correctional colony in Mordovia. He denies guilt and asked to exchange him for someone from the Russian prisoners in the United States. The colony administration sent him to a penal institution, in 2022, as reported, he was placed in a prison hospital.
According to FSIN, this time Whelan was beaten by another prisoner “due to political differences”. It is confirmed that the colony staff immediately stopped the attacker and took him and Whelan to the medical unit. During the examination of the American by the paramedic of the institution, an abrasion was revealed in the infraorbital region, – quotes the representative of the “Interfax” service. The victim’s family and lawyer did not comment on the situation at the time of publication of the news.
Whelan was arrested in Moscow at the end of December 2018. The court sentenced him to 16 years in prison. He and the US authorities declared his innocence. In October, the CNN channel reported with reference to the US State Department that Washington had made a “serious offer” to Moscow regarding the release of the American.