Day 402 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - February 3, 2020 - Ambassador Sullivan's Visit, Appeal Hearing

US Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Sullivan visited Paul last Thursday [1/30/20].  After the visit, Ambassador Sullivan called for Paul's release: "What we need in [Paul Whelan's] case - where there is no evidence and clearly no crime - is to have him released as soon as possible ....  It's time for this nightmare to end, and for Paul to go home."
 
[@USEmbRuPress: https://twitter.com/USEmbRuPress/status/1222887214691995648]
 
Ambassador Sullivan delivered family messages and we're confident his visit was encouraging for Paul.  The Embassy confirmed afterwards that Paul's condition remains unchanged.  Ambassador Sullivan: "His health has clearly deteriorated since he was arrested over 13 months ago, and, most significantly, he hasn't received medical treatment for those medical problems, ... and [which are], potentially, a serious threat to his health."   
 
  [Ambassador Sullivan's statements: https://ruptly.tv/en/videos/20200130-056 ]   
 
The Russian police deny him access to an English-speaking medical professional and won't share medical records.  No-one outside the prison knows how much worse his health has become.  Paul has made multiple requests to phone our parents.  Ambassador Sullivan said that these requests have been "either denied or ignored," treatment that "violates international norms and standards of decency."  FSB staff at the consular visit confirmed that Paul's requests to make phone calls have been denied.
 
[Ambassador Sullivan's statements: https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-whelan-u-s-ambassador-shameful-treatment-jailed-marine/30410148.html; https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/30/paul-whelan-american-jailed-in-moscow-visited-by-t/; https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-whelan-idUSKBN1ZT2NI ]
 
Paul asked the Embassy staff to have us share this message for media:  "Here over a year.  No evidence.  No crime.  No medical treatment.  Everything is fabricated."  Unfortunately, an FSB officer overseeing the consular visit interrupted and would not let Paul finish sharing his remarks with the Ambassador and US Embassy staff.
 
Paul's detention was extended for 3 months on December 23, 2019.  Paul's defense lawyers have appealed the latest continuation of his detention.  Like the movie "Groundhog Day", each hearing is a repetition of the same pointless exercise.  There is no review of evidence or the validity of charges.  Only a repeated commitment by the Moscow court to continue Paul's wrongful detention so long as the FSB demands it.  The appeal hearing is tomorrow [2/4/2020] and we hope Paul will continue be defiant against this ongoing injustice.

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  2. Day 362 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Christmas Eve, 2019 -Detention Extended...Again
  3. Day 357 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - December 19, 2019 -Next Detention Hearing, Job Loss
  4. Day 355 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - December 17, 2019 -Collateral Damage
  5. Day 350 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - December 12, 2019 -Russian Corruption, American Defiance
  6. Day 344 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update December 6, 2019 - Prison Turkey, MFA Loses Facts
  7. Day 328 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update November 21, 2019 - Detention Continues
  8. Day 326 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update November 18, 2019 - No Medical, Misinformation
  9. Day 323 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update November 15, 2019 - Upcoming appeal hearing
  10. Day 300 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update October 24, 2019 - Detention until December 29
  11. Day 298 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update October 22, 2019 - House Resolution H.Res.552 passes
  12. Day 294 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update October 18, 2019 - David Urban lobbies for Paul
  13. Day 278 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update October 2 - Ambassador Huntsman's last visit
  14. Day 271 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update September 24 - detention appeal denied...again
  15. Day 261 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update September 17 - Paul tells media about set-up by FSB
  16. Day 259 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update September 13 - House/Senate resolutions introduced
  17. Day 238 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update August 28 - prison officials retaliating
  18. Day 217 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update August 1 - Foreign Minister Lavrov's wish list
  19. Day 200 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update July 1 - Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov's comments
  20. Day 182 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 28 - G20 summit
  21. Day 173 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 19 - Ambassador Bolton meeting
  22. Day 168 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 14 - FSB investigator angry at Paul
  23. Day 160 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 6 - FSB breaking Russian laws
  24. Day 151 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 28, 2019 - Detention extended another 3 months
  25. Day 145 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 22, 2019 - citizen unjustly held abroad
  26. Day 129 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 6, 2019 - attempts to coerce false confession
  27. Day 101 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update April 8, 2019 - no SPEHA for Paul
  28. Day 80 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 18, 2019 - call with DAS King
  29. Day 78 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 16, 2019 - Congress tweets
  30. Day 62 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 28, 2019 - FSB isolates Paul
  31. Day 56 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 22, 2019 - Extension of detention by 3 months
  32. Day 53 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 19, 2019 - lawyer Zherebenkov meeting
  33. Day 40 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 6, 2019 - still no Power of Attorney
  34. Day 29 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 25, 2019 - 5 consular visits
  35. Day 26 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 22, 2019 - Bail Hearing
  36. Day 25 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 21, 2019 - gofundme campaign started
  37. Day 21 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 17, 2019 - Pompeo speaks to Freeland
  38. Day 19 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 15, 2019 - still no Privacy Act Waiver
  39. Day 18 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 14, 2019 - lack of information from MFA
  40. Day 20 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 16, 2019 - Irish Embassy visits Paul
  41. Day 15 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 11, 2019 - Ambassador Huntsman calls family
  42. Day 12 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 8, 2019 - consular meeting requests
  43. Day 11 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 7, 2019 - family talks to embassies
  44. Day 08 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 4, 2019 - need Congress and State Dept help
  45. Day 05 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 1, 2019 - our brother arrested by FSB