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Trevor Reed: American detained in Russia says he is coughing up blood, has not received medical care

“In December #TrevorReed had prolonged exposure to another prisoner with active tuberculosis. Trevor now reports he is coughing up blood and has not received medical care for it. @mfa_russia give Trevor proper medical treatment; better yet, release him,” a US Embassy spokesperson wrote on Twitter.

The households of each Reed and Paul Whelan, one other US citizen detained in Russia, have expressed concern for his or her well-being, notably as tensions between Moscow and Washington rise.

A spokesperson for Reed’s household mentioned his publicity to tuberculosis got here late final 12 months, including that the previous US Marine has not received ample medical care.

“Trevor Reed was subjected to a lengthy, close-contact exposure to a prisoner who had active TB in December – that prisoner became gravely ill shortly after his encounter with Trevor. Despite beginning post-exposure prophylaxis for other inmates, Russian authorities have refused to do the same for Trevor and have thus far refused to test him,” mentioned household spokesperson Jonathan Franks.

“Trevor continues to complain about pain in his chest (related to breathing, not his heart) and authorities continue to refuse him any medical treatment whatsoever. Any suggestion by Russian authorities that they have provided Trevor meaningful medical care is patently false,” Franks mentioned.

A State Department spokesperson expressed concern about stories that Reed “had prolonged exposure to another prisoner with active tuberculosis and find the lack of medical attention and care troubling.” The spokesperson added that the US urges the Russian authorities present Reed correct medical remedy.

CNN has reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) for remark.

The final time US officers visited with Reed, who was sentenced to 9 years in jail in July 2020, was late final 12 months. He has not been in a position to name dwelling for greater than 200 days.

Whelan, one other former Marine who is at a distinct penal colony far exterior Moscow, informed CNN final 12 months that “getting medical care here is very difficult.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has repeatedly referred to as for the discharge of the detained Americans throughout discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

“We need to talk about two US citizens, Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed, who were tourists in Russia, were arrested, convicted without credible evidence, and we again ask Russia to do the right thing and let them come home,” Blinken mentioned in remarks earlier than his newest in-person assembly with Lavrov in January.

In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, US nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned that “the Russians have been willing to engage in various channels to discuss a way” to get Whelan and Reed dwelling.

“And we are actively engaged in an effort to do that. And I’m not going to share more here because of the obvious sensitivity of it. But we would like to get Paul and Trevor home as soon as possible,” he mentioned.

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