Day 899 - Paul Whelan - IK-17 Mordovia Russia - June 14, 2021 - Request for President Biden

As we prepare to watch the Presidential summit unfold, I wanted to share with you this audio statement from Paul, recorded from his Russian labor camp. He asked that we distribute it prior to the summit.!AlJDO-kqFIJeh8hazuunmw3exYXvpQ [mp3]

*"President Biden, after 30 months of being wrongly detained by the Russian government, which is twice as long as American citizens were held hostage in Tehran, I implore you to bring this appalling case of hostage diplomacy to an end. I remain innocent. **No crime of espionage occurred. The secret trial, without evidence, proves those facts. *

*The abduction of an American tourist cannot stand. Congress, American citizens, and supporters throughout the world echo my call for immediate, decisive action. *

*Please bring me home to my family, and my dog Flora, where I belong. Thank you, Mr. President, for your commitment to returning me home and bringing this deplorable hostage situation to an expedient conclusion."*

Paul's statement starts at 0:18 after a brief introduction about the provenance of the audio by me, in case lawyers or editors need it. Our parents recorded this statement at Paul's request on May 30, prior to his telephone ban by the labor camp warden.

We hope that Paul's plea for help, for freedom, will be heard.