Ex-US Marine, whom Putin called a ‘sh**-faced troublemaker’, has ‘disappeared’ in Russia’s prison system
A former Marine has disappeared into Russia’s prison system and the US embassy in Moscow has demanded to be told where he is.
Trevor Reed, a 29-year-old Texan, was last known in a Moscow prison and was described by President Vladimir Putin as “just a drunkard and a troublemaker” who “tricked himself and started a fight.”
His lawyers told the family he had been transferred to a detention camp in Mordovia, 400 miles southeast of Moscow, they said Tuesday.
But on Wednesday, the State Department said they had no idea where he was, and their repeated requests for access to him were denied.
Trevor Reed, 29, has been in custody in Russia since August 2019. On Wednesday, the State Department said they had no idea where he was and urgently sought access
Reed is seen on July 30, 2020 – standing in a defendant’s cage during a court hearing in Moscow
“It has now been 19 days since #TrevorReed was transferred from a Moscow prison and the Russian government has still not officially notified the embassy of his whereabouts, despite our repeated requests,” US Embassy spokesman Jason Rebholz tweeted. in Moscow.
He demanded that the State Department let US officials see him.
“We urge @mfa_russia to honor its obligations and grant us consular access to Mr. Drove.’
Reed was arrested in August 2019 after attending a party with his Russian girlfriend at her colleagues’ home.
His family says he was encouraged to drink large amounts of vodka.
The police were called and Reed was taken to jail to sober up. But when two Russian intelligence agents from the FSB came to speak to him, he was accused of attacking them.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is seen talking to NBC News on June 14
During the interview, Putin said Reed was ‘a troublemaker’ who ‘got s***faced’
In July 2020, he was sentenced to nine years in prison after a trial that US authorities said was absurd.
During the court hearings, the two police officers struggled to remember the alleged incident and contradicted themselves.
At one point in a session attended by ABC News, even the judge started laughing at them.
The US has called for Reed’s release, calling his conviction “ridiculous.”
“This conviction, and a nine-year sentence, for an alleged crime that so clearly did not take place is ludicrous,” said John Sullivan, US ambassador to Russia at the time.
‘I can’t even say ‘miscarriage of justice’ because clearly ‘justice’ wasn’t even thought of.
‘This was theater of the absurd.’
In the military, Reed had served as a Navy Presidential Guard, whose duties included providing security at Camp David when President Barack Obama was there.
Already parents, Joey and Paula, are campaigning for his release from their home in Fort Worth, Texas. Joey Reed spent months in Moscow to free his son
Already parents, Joey and Paula, are campaigning for his release.
Joey Reed even traveled to Moscow and spent months there, working to free him.
When President Joe Biden met Putin, Reed’s case came up, plus that of Paul Whelan, who was detained several months before Reed.
Whelan was arrested by the FSB at his Moscow hotel in December 2018 while visiting a friend’s wedding.
He was charged with espionage and sentenced to 16 years in a prison camp in a case also fabricated by his family and US officials.
Whelan, 51, a Michigan resident, left the Marines in 2008 after being court-martialed on charges of theft and discharged for bad behavior.
Paul Whelan, who holds US, UK and Canadian citizenship, was arrested in December 2018 and charged with espionage and sentenced to 16 years. He insists he was set up in a KGB sting?
When he was arrested in Moscow, he was a global security director for the auto parts company BorgWarner.
Officials have said they believe Whelan was the victim of a KGB-style stabbing.
Whelan said a Russian friend working with the FSB had a memory card planted on him while visiting him in his hotel room during their honeymoon. Five minutes after the friend called Whelan unannounced, FSB agents burst into the room and detained him, Whelan said.
Putin told Biden he was open to a prisoner swap, but the US has yet to strike a deal.
About Reed, Putin told NBC on June 14 that he had little sympathy.
“He’s just a drunk and a troublemaker,” the Russian leader said.
“As they say here, he got a s***face and started fighting.”