Russia: American prisoner gave ‘proof of life’ to his family after a week of silence

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The American prisoner in Russian prisons Paul Whelan called his parents from Russia early this morning, his brother said, in his first contact in a week after the White House expressed deep concern.

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Paul Whelan, a US ex-Marine is held in Russia since 2018 as he was convicted of espionage in 2020, has been transferred to the prison hospital, his brother David Whelan said in a statement.

The phone call at least acts as a ‘proof of life’ even if there is no other explanation: when Paul went there, why the phones stopped, why the US embassy had to ask for information about his location and the Russian authorities refused to respond, etc.,” said his brother.

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On Wednesday, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the United States ‘deeply concerned’ because they could not get information from Moscow about Whelan’s location or condition.

Kirby took up the matter after Whelan’s family said this week they had not heard from Paul since November 23 but had seen reports that he had been taken to the prison hospital.

Source: News Beast

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