Day 453 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - March 25, 2020 - Visit by Three Ambassadors

Three Ambassadors to the Russian Federation attended Moscow City Court on Monday [3/23/2020] in an unprecedented show of support for Paul Whelan.  U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan remarked afterward that they had been allowed by the presiding judge to speak with Paul.  Ambassador Sullivan hoped that "we see a fair and transparent judicial process" and that he counted on media "to help ensure that Paul Whelan is afforded a fair judicial trial."  Ambassador Sullivan was joined on the visit by UK Ambassador Deborah Bronnert and Irish Ambassador Brian McElduff.  We are grateful to the Ambassadors for taking this extraordinary step for Paul.
 
[Statement by Ambassador John Sullivan:  https://ru.usembassy.gov/amb-sullivan-whelan-03232020/ ]
Unsurprisingly, no trial began.  Instead, Paul's detention was extended in the familiar pattern of the last 15 months.  The Russian court extended Paul's detention to September 13, 2020, so perhaps it hopes to have held a trial by then.  The court has scheduled the next hearing for March 30 but, in light of the global pandemic, Paul's lawyers aren't sure that will occur.  We appreciate the court's allowing the Ambassadors to speak with Paul.  Perhaps judicial oversight can correct the ongoing unlawful abuses Paul is suffering at the hands of the FSB.
 
[Extension of detention, court scheduling:  https://echo.msk.ru/news/2611386-echo.html ]
 
As Paul heads into this next phase of his wrongful imprisonment, we are grateful for the public support he has received.  The visit of the Ambassadors must have been a huge boost to his morale.  Recent remarks by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul and Haley Stevens underscore the ongoing concern about Paul's mistreatment by the Russian authorities.  Paul's family couldn't have said it any better than the House Foreign Affairs Committee:
 
"Paul Whelan's trial ... is already full of FSB-concocted lies.  The Russian Government must put an end to this nonsense and let Paul return home."
 
Since the Russian authorities have continued to refuse Paul the opportunity to use a telephone, pandemic restrictions have eliminated our ability to communicate with him outside of letters.  As his isolation grows, we are hopeful that media in Russia will continue to ensure his case is exposed to sunlight. I will continue to update you when we learn more about his ongoing coercive detention.
 
 
 

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