FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed stands inside a defendants’ cage throughout a court docket listening to in Moscow, Russia March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photograph
July 16, 2021
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. Marine who’s serving a nine-year sentence in Russia was being transferred from a remand cell in Moscow on Friday to the Mordovia area which has numerous powerful, Soviet-era prisons.
Trevor Reed was convicted final yr of endangering the lives of two policemen in Moscow whereas drunk, a cost he denied. He stated the ruling was “clearly political”, and Washington known as the trial “theatre of the absurd”.
Reed had remained in a remand cell after his conviction pending an attraction. That attraction was rejected and his sentence was upheld at a court docket listening to final month.
“This morning Trevor Reed was (taken) from Moscow, he’ll serve his punishment in one in all Mordovia’s (jail) colonies,” Alexei Melnikov, a member of a jail oversight fee was quoted as saying by the RIA information company.
The area of Mordovia is round 500 km (310 miles) east of Moscow. Paul Whelan, who can be a former U.S. Marine, is serving a 16-year sentence in a jail within the area on espionage prices that he denied.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated earlier than a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden final month that he was open to a prisoner trade deal. It’s not recognized whether or not Whelan or Reed may be included in any prisoner swap.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth, enhancing by Timothy Heritage)