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Paul Whelan launched from solitary confinement in Russian jail | CNN Politics


Paul Whelan, a US citizen detained in Russia, has been launched from solitary confinement and was in a position to converse along with his mother and father, his brother David Whelan advised CNN Sunday.

David Whelan mentioned his brother, who had been detained in a Mordovian penal colony, was launched both Thursday or Friday. He had not been in a position to converse to his household, his lawyer Olga Karlova for a month, or the US Embassy, and in keeping with David Whelan he nonetheless has not spoken to the Embassy or Karlova.

“He seems to have survived solitary confinement none the worse for wear but he was wary on the phone,” David Whelan mentioned in an e-mail to CNN, including that Paul “mentioned to our parents that his ability to call is ‘on sufferance’ and so perhaps he anticipates additional retribution.”

According to David Whelan, Paul doesn’t know why he was put in solitary confinement.

On Friday, the US Embassy in Moscow mentioned the “Russian government has not responded to our repeated requests for updates about” Paul Whelan, and embassy spokesperson Jason Rebholz urged the Russian Foreign Ministry “to honor its obligations & respond to our requests for information.”

A State Department spokesperson advised CNN Sunday that they “are aware of reports that authorities have released Paul from isolated detention.” “We remain focused on securing the release of Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed,” who’s one other American detained in Russia, the spokesperson mentioned.

The US Embassy in Moscow mentioned final week it nonetheless doesn’t know the whereabouts of American citizen Reed, who was sentenced to 9 years in jail final summer time by the Russian authorities.

Paul Whelan – who’s a US, Irish, British and Canadian citizen – was detained at a Moscow resort in December 2018 by Russian authorities who alleged he was concerned in an intelligence operation. The former United States Marine was sentenced to 16 years in jail on an espionage cost he vehemently denies.

David Whelan famous in an e-mail to the press final week that “the resources to provide consular support for Paul out in the middle of Mordovia have never been thinner,” given a brand new restriction by the Russian authorities barring the US from retaining, hiring or contracting Russian or third-country employees.

CNN reported final month that David Whelan had mentioned his brother returned to his labor camp in late June after spending almost three weeks in a medical facility at a distinct camp.

According to David, Paul Whelan was not given medical consideration till two weeks into his keep there, and after a chest and elbow X-ray, “he was given no additional medical treatment.”

President Joe Biden mentioned he had mentioned the instances of Paul Whelan and Reed throughout his June assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, pledging to “follow through” on that dialogue.

“I raised the case of two wrongfully imprisoned American citizens, Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed,” Biden mentioned throughout a information following the summit in Geneva. “The families of the detained Americans came up and we discussed them. We’re going to follow through with that discussion. I am not going to walk away on that.”

CNN’s Devan Cole and Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.

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