Day 328 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update November 21, 2019 - Detention Continues, Health Unknown

The Moscow City Court kept Paul out of the courtroom at the hearing on Tuesday as it affirmed Paul's ongoing detention.  The judge excluded Paul, ironically, by claiming that it was for his health.  His health continues to go untreated at the prison, however, and the judge's affirmation of the lower court means that Paul will remain in prison until at least December 29, 2019.

Paul's lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, spoke to media after the hearing.  The court denied Paul real-time translation nor was he provided with the judge's decision.  The judicial system has attempted to mute Paul while he was present - by denying translation and excluding him from the process - and now they are using technology to isolate him from the justice system.  Paul cannot meet with lawyers without FSB oversight and now he can't interact with them during court hearings.

The judge claimed that Paul's exclusion was out of concern for his health.  But as we learned after the Canadian embassy visit last Thursday [11/14/2019], no action has been taken by prison authorities to provide medical care to Paul.  Even something as simple as providing pain medication - which must be dispensed individually wrapped - causes the prison to baulk and deny him medicine.  The FSB continues to block an independent medical assessment, despite Paul's petitions for it and diplomatic notes from the embassies supporting him.

Zherebenkov statements: Ruptly [ https://youtu.be/-spM4Jwwr8Q?t=36 ] EuroNews [ https://youtu.be/ypRPJkXrkNI?t=18 ]

Courtroom and health:  Reuters [ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-whelan/lawyer-for-alleged-u-s-spy-held-in-russia-calls-for-prisoner-swap-idUSKBN1XT0YH ]

CBS [https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-whelan-russia-rejects-ex-us-marine-appeal-extend-detention-espionage-charges-today-moscow-2019-11-19/ ]

We understand that the Irish consular staff are scheduled to visit Paul today [Thursday 11/21/2019].  We appreciate the ongoing efforts of the U.S., U.K., Canadian, and Irish embassy staff to monitor Paul's health and advocate on his behalf when his rights are violated.  Their in-person visits are our only regular conduit for information.  Even mail sent to the embassies in Moscow by Paul takes months to arrive.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be anyone within the FSB or prison who is listening to either Paul's or consular complaints.  Mr. Zherebenkov has indicated there may be a trial by May 2020, and this sorry state of affairs is unlikely to change before then.

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  14. Day 173 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 19 - Ambassador Bolton meeting
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  16. Day 160 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 6 - FSB breaking Russian laws
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  18. Day 145 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 22, 2019 - citizen unjustly held abroad
  19. Day 129 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 6, 2019 - attempts to coerce false confession
  20. Day 101 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update April 8, 2019 - no SPEHA for Paul
  21. Day 80 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 18, 2019 - call with DAS King
  22. Day 78 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 16, 2019 - Congress tweets
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  24. Day 56 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 22, 2019 - Extension of detention by 3 months
  25. Day 53 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 19, 2019 - lawyer Zherebenkov meeting
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  27. Day 29 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 25, 2019 - 5 consular visits
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  33. Day 20 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 16, 2019 - Irish Embassy visits Paul
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