A former marine has disappeared in the Russian prison system, and the U.S. embassy in Moscow has demanded to be told where he is.
Trevor Reed, a 29-year-old Texan, was last known to be in a Moscow prison, and was described by President Vladimir Putin as 'just a drunk and a troublemaker' who 'got himself s***faced and started a fight.'
His attorneys told the family that he had been moved to a prison camp in Mordovia, 400 miles south east of Moscow, they said on Tuesday.
But on Wednesday the State Department said they had no idea where he was, and their repeated requests for access to him were being rejected.
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Trevor Reed, 29, has been in custody in Russia since August 2019. On Wednesday the State Department said that they had no idea where he was, and were urgently seeking access
Reed is seen on July 30, 2020 - standing inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow
'It is now 19 days since #TrevorReed was transferred from a Moscow prison & the Russian government has still not officially informed the embassy of his whereabouts, despite our repeated requests,' tweeted Jason Rebholz, spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
He demanded that the foreign ministry allow U.S. officials to see him.
'We urge @mfa_russia to honor its obligations & grant us consular access to Mr. Reed.'
Reed was arrested in August 2019, after attending a party with his Russian girlfriend at the home of her colleagues.
His family say he was encouraged to drink large quantities of vodka.
Police were called, and Reed was taken to jail to sober up. But when two Russian intelligence agents from the FSB came to speak to him, he was charged with assaulting them.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is seen on June 14 speaking to NBC News
During the interview Putin said that Reed was 'a troublemaker' who 'got s***faced'
In July 2020 he was sentenced to nine years in prison following a trial that the U.S. authorities said was absurd.