American Paul Whelan, jailed in Russia for 5 years on espionage charges, feels abandoned by the US amid prisoner swaps.

In an exclusive interview, Whelan, who spends another Christmas in custody, criticizes the US for leaving him behind.

Two other Americans, journalist Evan Gershkovich and US-Russian citizen Alsu Kurmasheva, also face similar charges.

Whelan fears being overlooked in potential swaps, emphasizing the need for stronger US efforts to secure his release.

The Kremlin’s demand for a convicted FSB hitman adds complexity to negotiations, raising concerns about the fate of these American detainees. (Source : BBC )

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