In what the United States calls a politically motivated conviction, former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed has been sent to a Soviet-era prison to serve a 9-year prison sentence following a Russian appeals court denying Reed a chance to overturn his conviction on endangering the lives of two policeman. Reed denies the charges and the U.S. government called the trial “theater of the absurd.”
“This morning Trevor Reed was taken from Moscow, he will serve his punishment in one of Mordovia’s prison colonies,” said Alexei Melnikov, a prison oversight commissioner. The prison is about 300 miles east of Moscow. Reed had been kept in a remand cell in Moscow until Friday.
Also in prison in Mordovia is Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage, charges he denies. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month before his meeting with Biden that he was open to a prisoner exchange deal. It appears since no exchange has happened, Reed was sent to serve out his sentence.