Sister of Paul Whelan presses White House to bring her brother home

The sister of Paul Whelan, a US citizen who is wrongfully detained in Russia, on Thursday expressed frustration at her brother’s continued imprisonment in Russia and called on the White House to bring him home.

“Paul Whelan deserves better than he is getting for results. He has the White House’s attention to his case and now he needs the White House to get the job done,” Elizabeth Whelan said in a video posted to Facebook.

Paul Whelan, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenships, has been detained in Russia for more than four years on espionage charges, for which he was sentenced to 16 years in prison in June 2020.

Paul Whelan is now one of two Americans who have been designated as wrongfully detained by Russia following the arrest of the Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in recent weeks.

David Whelan, his brother, said earlier this week that Paul expressed concern to their parents about being left behind again.

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