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US parents ask for information about son in Russian custody

The parents of a former US Marine detained in Russia asked for information about him on Wednesday, expressing fears about his “rapidly deteriorating health” and that “something terrible” had happened to him.

Joe and Paula Reed, who met with President Joe Biden last week about the plight of their son, Trevor, 30, said in a statement that it had been five days since he was last heard from, in a phone call on Friday with his girlfriend.

“With each passing hour, we are more and more worried that something terrible has happened,” the parents said in a statement. “We believe it is a fast-moving window for the Biden government to bring our son home.

Russian news agencies reported on Monday that Reed had put an end to a hunger strike to protest his solitary confinement and was being treated at a health center in a jail.

The younger Reed is serving a nine-year sentence after being convicted of endangering the lives of two police officers when he was drunk on a visit to Moscow in 2019. Reed pleaded not guilty. The United States called the trial a “theater of absurdity.”

After his parents met with Biden, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the president reiterated his commitment to continue working to secure the release of Reed and other Americans “wrongly detained in Russia and beyond.”

Relations between the United States and Russia, however, are very strained following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and US economic sanctions, including new ones on Wednesday.

Some information in this report came from Reuters.

US parents ask for information about son in Russian custody

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