“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,” spokesperson 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 added.
Franks advised CNN the family’s understanding is he was transferred to SIZO 2, which incorporates Lefortovo Prison in Moscow.
A State Department spokesperson advised 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 reached out to the Russian embassy for remark.
In a House Foreign Affairs Committee listening to Wednesday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated he was dedicated bringing Reed dwelling and to elevating the case along with his Russian counterparts, which he stated he did in his first name with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
According to a readout of that early February name, 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, one other former Marine, has been detained in Russia since December 2018 and was was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in jail in June 2020. He has denied the spying expenses.
Paula Reed, Trevor’s mom, advised CNN on the time the decision “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.”