The release marks the end of a nearly three-year trial for Reid, who was sentenced in July 2020 to nine years in prison for endangering the “life and health” of Russian police officers. Reid and his family have denied the allegations.
Reid’s family said in a statement: “Our family is having a nightmare. Today our prayers have been answered and Trevor is returning to the United States safely.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her official telegram channel that Reid’s release was part of a prisoner exchange for Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko.
President Joe Biden has confirmed his release.
“Today, we welcome Trevor Reid home and celebrate his return to the family that missed him so much. Trevor, a former U.S. Marine, is free from Russian custody. Biden said in a statement that he was “deeply concerned” about her health and that he was “missing out on her presence.”
Concerns about his health have grown in recent weeks, prompting his parents to protest outside the White House last month to raise awareness about their son’s case. Biden later met with parents to discuss efforts to bring Reid home.
Wednesday’s release also draws new attention to the case of a U.S. citizen and a former Marine who was arrested in December 2018 in a Moscow hotel and arrested on suspicion of espionage, which he has consistently and sternly denied. Has been denied.
In a statement welcoming Reid’s release, Biden said his administration would “not stop” until Whelan was home.
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