A Moscow judge denied bail to US Citizen Paul Whelan on Tuesday.
Whelan was arrested last month on accusations of spying in Russia. Whelan’s lawyer said Tuesday he was found with Russian ‘state secrets’ when he was detained on December 28th.
His lawyer said the 48-year-old was given a thumb drive which he believed contained vacation photographs, not classified information.
Whelan’s family rejects the accusation that he’s a spy. They say he was in Russia to attend a fellow marine’s wedding.
Whelan faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.