Moscow bans ‘spy’ vis­i­tors from speak­ing English

The Timaru Herald - - WORLD -

Vis­i­tors to a jailed for­mer US Marine charged with spy­ing have been banned from talk­ing to him in English even though he speaks lit­tle Rus­sian. Alexan­der Ionov, a prison watch­dog of­fi­cial who vis­ited Paul Whe­lan on Fri­day, said: ‘‘De­ten­tion fa­cil­ity staff banned us from speak­ing to him in English, pos­si­bly be­cause they de­cided that we might talk about things that they would pre­fer us not to and they wouldn’t un­der­stand us. They don’t speak English them­selves.’’ Whe­lan, 48, a dual USBri­tish cit­i­zen, is be­ing kept in Le­for­tovo, a for­mer KGB prison.

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