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Lawmaker to Call for Renewed Push to Free Paul Whelan, U.S. Marine Jailed in Russia

  • July 29, 2021

Paul N. Whelan, the former U.S. Marine sentenced in Russia to 16 years in prison on espionage charges, has not been able to contact his family or the U.S. Embassy since July 4, and relatives and members of Congress are increasingly concerned about his well-being.

“He’s not been heard from,” said Representative Haley Stevens, Democrat of Michigan who represents Mr. Whelan. “We haven’t heard from him, or really been able to talk to him since the beginning of July.”

Ms. Stevens and family members of both Mr. Whelan and Trevor Reed, another former Marine sentenced to prison in Russia, are set to hold a news conference to talk about the prison conditions and push for a new congressional resolution calling for their release.

In early June, Mr. Whelan did an interview with CNN, after which Russian authorities restricted his access to cellphones, though he was still allowed to call his family. President Biden raised the cases of Mr. Whelan and Mr. Reed during his June summit with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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