The US State Department is concerned about the state of health of Trevor Reed, convicted in Russia
Former Marine held in Russia on criminal charges
According to media reports, a 29-year-old American who was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court could have contracted the coronavirus in prison
The US State Department is seriously concerned about the health and social conditions in the Russian prison where the American citizen Trevor Reed is being held, who was sentenced by a court in Moscow to nine years in prison. State Department spokesman Ned Price said this on Wednesday at a press briefing..
Responding to a request from journalists to comment on information about Trevor Reed’s possible infection with the coronavirus, Price did not confirm this message, but stressed that «Mr Reed’s health … is a major concern» in the Department of State.
The Foreign Ministry, according to Price, continues to seek from the Russian authorities «fair and humane treatment (with Trevor Reid), regular contact with consular officials and, of course, his release».
«The well-being and safety of our citizens abroad is one of the main priorities of this administration.», – said Ned Price, adding that officials from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, and the President’s Special Representative for Hostages, Roger Carstens, are in regular contact with Trevor Reed and his family..
In June 2020, a Russian court sentenced 29-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran Trevor Reed to nine years in prison on charges of assaulting police officers, which, according to lawyers, was not supported by adequate evidence. Trevor was arrested in Moscow, where he came in 2019 to visit his girlfriend.
Ned Price, at the request of journalists, commented on yesterday’s Twitter post by the State Department, which said that police in Chechnya had re-arrested two young gay Chechens, Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev, who had previously been transported from Nizhny Novgorod to Chechnya by riot policemen and the Federal Security Service as witnesses in a criminal case. As reported «Russian LGBT Network», detainees may be accused of being members of an illegal armed group.
«We tweeted about this case last night, ”a State Department spokesman confirmed.“ We spoke out on this case because of our deep concern. We are aware of the persecution that representatives of the LGBT community faced in Chechnya, and (Biden’s) administration will openly and decisively defend them not only in Chechnya, but around the world.»