The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has issued a notice of protest to the Russian International Ministry over its lack of entry to jailed ex-Marine Trevor Reed and “grave concern” for his well being, it mentioned in a press release Friday.
The Embassy mentioned Reed, who was identified with coronavirus on Might 25 and hospitalized after his situation worsened, has been repeatedly denied telephone calls to his household and Embassy personnel. It additionally mentioned the hospital treating Reed has withheld updates on his well being since he was admitted.
“We’re gravely involved about his well being,” the Embassy’s assertion mentioned.
“We insist that this brazen try and isolate Mr. Reed from each his household and his authorities instantly stop,” it added.
Russia’s Federal Jail Service mentioned final month that Reed was present process remedy at a jail hospital however that his Covid-19 case was asymptomatic and his well being was “passable.”
Reed, a 29-year-old from Texas, was sentenced to 9 years in jail final 12 months for allegedly assaulting police whereas drunk in Moscow in August 2019. The U.S. authorities and Reed deny the fees and have questioned the trial’s equity.
One other former U.S. Marine, Paul Whelan, was sentenced to 16 years in jail final 12 months on espionage expenses he denies.
Analysts have raised the discharge of U.S. residents jailed in Russia, together with Whelan and Reed, as a attainable subject of dialogue on the upcoming summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16.