I believe some of you are already aware, but Paul let our parents know today that he'd been attacked by another prisoner at his labor camp.
Paul was working at a sewing table early afternoon on November 28 (he said about 1:30 Moscow time), a table like the one you may have seen in the RT propaganda video earlier this year. A new prisoner blocked part of the production line and Paul asked him to move out of the way. After repeated requests, the prisoner hit Paul in the face, breaking Paul's glasses in the process, and attempted to hit him a second time. Paul stood up to block the second hit and other prisoners intervened to prevent the prisoner continuing to attack Paul.
Since the guards will not enter the workshop, Paul was at the mercy of this prisoner and had to go looking for a guard to report the attack to. Paul described the attack as relatively minor but has reported it to the prison camp's deputy warden and he has asked the prison administration to allow him to speak to Mordovia prosecutor's office for investigation. He is also concerned that these sorts of attacks can occur any time and, due to the various sharp implements in the workshop including the shears the other prisoner was holding today, could escalate into a far more serious attack. Paul is a target because he is an American and anti-American sentiment is not uncommon among the other prisoners.
Paul says he believes the prison administration is taking the attack seriously. It is too early to know whether they will take steps to ensure his safety in the future, both from this prisoner and others who may decide they have nothing to lose by attacking Paul.
Our parents have shared the audio of this phone call with the State Department and NSC staff so they are aware of the threat and can raise the issue with the Russian government.
Thank you for continuing to follow Paul's case.