Trevor Reed goes on a hunger strike for being put in solitary confinement and not receiving proper medical care.
Former US Marine reed trevor has started a hunger strike in a Russian prison to protest being held in solitary confinement and not receiving adequate medical care despite fears that he has tuberculosis, according to his parents.
The 30-year-old Texan is serving a nine-year prison sentence after being convicted of endangering the lives of two police officers while drunk while visiting Moscow in 2019. He denied the charges and the United States called his trial a “theater.” of the absurd”.
His parents said Wednesday that Reed, who is in a prison in the Mordovia region, was exposed to an inmate with active tuberculosis in December last year, but that their son had not been tested for the disease before. even though his health was rapidly deteriorating.
He was admitted to a prison hospital for 10 days, but then returned to prison last week without having received “significant medical attention beyond an X-ray that was taken incorrectly”, they said.
“Trevor’s Mordovian lawyer was able to see him (Tuesday) and confirmed that Trevor began a hunger strike … to protest being sent back into isolation while injured and suffering from tuberculosis,” the parents said in a statement.
“Shortly after his return, Trevor asked the IK-12 gulag authorities to return to the hospital. Instead, the authorities returned him to solitary confinement,” they said.
Reed went on a hunger strike late last year to protest his imprisonment and alleged rights abuses before calling it off nearly a week later after losing weight.
Russian prison authorities denied that he refused to eat or that his rights were violated.