A former US 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 a lot of powerfulhandjob Soviet–period 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 referred to as the trial “theatre of the absurd”.
Reed had remained in a remand cell after his conviction pending an enchantment. That enchantment 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 considered one of 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 also be a former US Marine, is serving a 16-year sentence in a jail within the area on espionage fees that he denied.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated earlier than a summit with US President Joe Biden final month that he was open to a prisoner exchange deal. It just isn’t recognized whether or not Whelan or Reed may be included in any prisoner swap.
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