Ex-U.S. Marine held in Russia on spying charge taken for emergency hernia operation

Ex-U.S. Marine held in Russia on spying charge taken for emergency hernia operation

Ex-U.S. Marine held in Russia on spying charge taken for emergency hernia operationFormer U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who Russia is trying on espionage charges, was taken from prison on Thursday to undergo an emergency hernia operation, his brother and the U.S. embassy said. Whelan, 50, a U.S. national who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, has been held in Russia for 17 months and had complained of a hernia and other health issues in custody. Russia informed the U.S. embassy that Whelan had undergone the surgery on Thursday and the U.S. ambassador spoke to him on Friday once he had returned to his prison, embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Ross said.