Parents of Imprisoned Russian Marine Trevor Reed Demand Proof He’s Still Alive

The parents of Trevor Reed, a former United States Marine in the service of a nine-year prison sentence in Russia, asked the Russian authorities to provide proof that their son is still alive.

Reed, who has been detained in Russia since August 2019, has not been heard from since a phone call to his girlfriend on Friday and is in “rapidly declining health,” Joey and Paula Reed said Wednesday, while also calling the Biden administration. to help bring their son home.

“Our son has run out of time,” Reed’s parents said in a statement. “With each passing day lost in ‘deliberation’, the risk of our son becoming the next Otto Warmbier grows considerably.”

Warmbier died in 2017 after being released from captivity in North Korea.

Reed had been on a hunger strike since late March to protest his prison conditions. The Federal Prison Service for the Mordovia region, where Reed is imprisoned, noted on Monday that he had ended his hunger strike a few days earlier and had been transferred to a medical facility in the prison.

But Reed’s parents said they were unable to confirm that he had ended his hunger strike or had been transferred to a prison hospital.

“The last time Trevor remained silent while allegedly in a ‘hospital’, Russian authorities ‘accidentally’ ‘misplaced’ him for 9 days in a psychiatric ward at the notorious Butyrka prison where he was been severely abused and held in shocking conditions with dangerous inmates, including murderers, in a cell with walls covered in excrement,” they said.

Reed’s parents previously told CBS News they believe he has active tuberculosis as well as a rib injury and denied their son is receiving necessary medical treatment.

“He’s coughing up blood. He still has a fever from time to time. He feels horribly unwell, and now he says he can see something sticking out of his – where he thinks his rib is broken,” said Paula Reed told CBS News on Friday after she and her husband met with President Biden.

The couple protested outside the White House on March 30 to draw attention to their son’s case and were invited inside for a meeting with Mr. Biden. The Reeds said Mr Biden “was very personable” and listened to them talk about their son’s health and the prisoner swaps.

Reed was sentenced in 2020 after being found guilty of assaulting two Russian police officers on a drunken night out in 2019. Reed said he had no recollection of the incident and pleaded not guilty. The US government has also raised concerns about the fairness of his trial.

The White House said Mr Biden had pledged to secure Reed’s release and Paul Whelananother former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Russia on espionage charges that the U.S. and his family say are fabricated.

Professional basketball player Britney Griner has also been detained in Russia since mid-February for drug trafficking.

Mary Ilyushina contributed reporting.

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