The US State Department is seriously concerned about the state of 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.
When asked by reporters to comment on Trevor Reed’s possible coronavirus infection, Price did not confirm this message, but stressed that “Mr. Reed’s health … is of serious concern” at the State Department.
The foreign ministry, according to Price, continues to seek from the Russian authorities “fair and humane treatment (with Trevor Reed), regular contacts with consular officials and, of course, his release.”
“The welfare and safety of our citizens abroad is one of the top priorities of this administration,” said Ned Price, adding that officials at the US 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 US Marine 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 arrived 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 were previously transported from Nizhny Novgorod to Chechnya by riot policemen and the Federal Security Service as witnesses in a criminal case. According to the Russian LGBT Network, the detainees may be accused of being members of an illegal armed group.
“We tweeted 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 resolutely defend them not only in Chechnya, but throughout the world. “