Trevor Reed, American being held in Russia has been transferred without notice, family spokesperson says

“On March 2nd, Trevor was taken by two urbane, English speaking FSB agents to a Court ordered evaluation. After that exam, he was inexplicably taken to a different pre-detention center without consular notification and has been held non-comm since in violation of Russia’s multilateral obligations,” representative Jonathan Franks stated.

“It is time for the Russian government to tell the truth about where Trevor Reed is now and where he has been since March 2nd and to afford the Embassy immediate, in-person and unfettered consular access to Trevor in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to which the Russian Federation is a signatory,” Franks included.

Blinken speaks with families of US hostages and wrongful detainees

Franks informed CNN the household’s understanding is he was moved to SIZO 2, that includes Lefortovo Jail in Moscow.

A State Department representative informed CNN on Friday that “Embassy Moscow is aware of Trevor Reed’s whereabouts and has requested a phone call and an in-person meeting with him.”

CNN has actually connected to the Russian embassy for remark.

A Russian court sentenced Reed to 9 years in jail in July 2020 for threatening “life and health” of Russian policeman in a run-in. Reed, an ex-Marine, rejects the charges and United States Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan called the trial “theater of the absurd.”

In a Home Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated he was dedicated bringing Reed house and to raising the case with his Russian equivalents, which he stated he performed in his very first call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

According to a readout of that early February call, Blinken “reiterated President Biden’s resolve to protect American citizens and act firmly in defense of U.S. interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies. This includes the release of Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed so that they are able to return home to their families in the United States.”

Whelan, another previous Marine, has actually been apprehended in Russia because December 2018 and was was founded guilty of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in jail in June 2020. He has actually rejected the spying charges.

Both the Reed and Whelan households — along with the enjoyed among other Americans imprisoned or unlawfully apprehended abroad — spoke with the leading United States diplomat in February.

Paula Reed, Trevor’s mom, informed CNN at the time the call “just made my heart sing. I felt like a whole weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt heard. I felt cared for. And it was just, it was awesome to feel that way.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.