MOSCOW – A former U.S. Marine sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia is being transferred from Moscow’s remand cell to Mordovia on Friday with a large number of powerful, Soviet-era prisons.
Trevor Reid was convicted last year of endangering the lives of two policemen in Moscow under the influence of alcohol, a charge he denied. He said the verdict was “clearly political” and that Washington called the trial “irrational theater.”
Reid remained in the remand cell after his appeal was pending. That appeal was dismissed and his sentence was upheld at a court hearing last month.
“This morning was Trevor Reed [taken] From Moscow, he will serve his sentence in a Murdoch [prison] Colonies, “Prison Supervision Commission member Alexei Melanikov was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.
The Mordovia region is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Moscow. Paul Hillan, who is also a former U.S. Marine, is serving a 16-year sentence in a regional prison on espionage charges.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said before a summit with US President Joe Biden last month that he was open to a prisoner exchange deal. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.