Who Is Marc Fogel? American Remains Detained in Russia as Griner Released

As many celebrated the release of WNBA player Brittney Griner from imprisonment in Russia on Thursday, others were also quick to point out that other Americans still remain detained in the country.

One of these Americans is Paul Whelan, a former United States Marine who was arrested in Moscow in December 2018 after traveling to Russia for a wedding. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Russian court on espionage charges in 2020, though he and his family have maintained that the charges against him are baseless.

Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was among those who took to Twitter on Thursday to ask why Whelan’s release has not yet been negotiated after about four years of detainment.

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