Russia charges American with espionage, Interfax says citing 'informed source'

MOSCOW - Russia has charged former US Marine Paul Whelan with espionage, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing what it described as an informed source.
Russia's FSB security service detained Whelan on December 28 in Moscow on suspicion of spying but did not disclose the nature of his alleged espionage activities.
Reuters could not independently verify the Interfax report.