Trevor Reed, a former U.S. Marine who was released from a Russian prison in April in exchange for a drug trafficker, spoke Monday about the difficulties facing detained Americans in Moscow, including Brittney Griner.
We need to all speak out for these Americans, because every single one of us is an American,” Reed said. “Every day that you’re in prison there, it’s like you’re waking up to a nightmare. There is no justice in Russia. Brittney and Paul will not receive justice in Russia… They will not receive a fair trial in Russia.”Reed said he was having medical issues while he was imprisoned in Russia.
Reed spoke during a rally outside Houston’s Toyota Center, urging the US government to do more to free WNBA star and fellow inmate Paul Whelan. Griner was arrested in February for reportedly attempting to enter Moscow Airport with vape cartridges containing cannabis-derived oils, while Whelan was charged with spying in 2018 and sentenced to 16 years in jail in 2020.
“You will not receive medical treatment inside a Russian prison. I had COVID multiple times. Because of complications from that, I started having blood I coughed up on a daily basis for over three months. They never did anything to treat that,” he said, adding he had kidney stones and is permanently deformed after breaking cartilage in one of his ribs.
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