by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times
July 17, 2021
MOSCOW — According to a human rights organization, Russian [Soviet] officials transferred former US Marine Trevor Reed to a prison colony in Mordovia. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Reed has been sent to a location roughly 200 miles east of Moscow that has a history of housing some of Russia’s most notorious criminals.
Reed, 30, received a nine-year sentence last year after being convicted of attacking police officers while “intoxicated” in 2019. Reed, a University of North Texas student, pleaded not guilty to the charges and said the case was “clearly political.” He claims he was drinking while attending a party for his girlfriend’s coworkers and has no recollection of the police encounter.
Officials concocted allegations against Reed and Paul Whelan, another American detained in Russia, according to their families, in order to hold them and use them as negotiating chips with the US government.