Russia: Ex-Marine held on spying charge gets prison visit

MOSCOW (AP) — The brother of a former United States (US) Marine with multiple citizenships said Irish government representatives have visited Paul Whelan at the Russian prison where he is being held on spying charges.

David Whelan said in a Wednesday statement that diplomatic staff members from Ireland reported that conditions were good in the Moscow prison where his brother is detained.

The statement said US officials were expected to visit yesterday.

Whelan was detained on December 28 and has been charged with spying, which carries a potential sentence of 20 years if he’s convicted.

Russian officials have not released details of the allegations against him.