Russia accused of hostage diplomacy over jailed foreigners

the Guardian -

the Guardian—Brother of American detainee says Russia drawing out case ‘to see what they can get’ Relatives of foreign citizens in Russian prisons have accused Moscow of engaging in hostage diplomacy and say they are concerned about their family members being used as bargaining chips to exchange for Russians detained abroad. The brother of Paul Whelan, an American arrested on spying charges 11 months ago who returns to court on Tuesday, said he believed Russia was drawing out his case to “see what they can...

Russia accuses alleged U.S. spy of lying about his ill-treatment in jail. Russia on Tuesday accused a former U.S. Marine it has held for almost a year on spying charges of faking health problems in custody and lying about his ill-treatment, comments the U.S. embassy rejected as factually inaccurate "pulp fiction".