Michigan Lawmakers Hold Press Conference Urging the Release of Paul Whelan From Russian Custody

Several U.S. lawmakers representing Michigan are calling on Russia’s government to release a Michigan-native from their custody.

Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia back in December, while he was visiting the country for a friend’s wedding.

The Russian government accuses him of spying.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

On Thursday, Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, along with Representatives Dan Kildee, Haley Stevens and Tim Walberg will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C.

They want Congress to pass a resolution to condemn the Russian government for holding Whalen without evidence.

It comes amid reports that Whelan is having health issues.