Day 854 - Paul Whelan - IK-17 Mordovia Russia - April 30, 2021 - Consular Support Cut

As President Biden's term reaches its first 100-day mark, it remains hard to know what to expect.  It is a fraction of the 854 days Paul has spent as a Russian hostage.  Our hopes remain pinned to progress like the potential summit this summer between President Biden and President Putin.

But conditions in Russia are getting worse.  The Russian government has passed a law that prohibits "unfriendly" nations' diplomatic missions from employing Russians.  The Russian government is forcing the US Embassy to let go of all of its Russian staff.  As the Embassy noted today, it will only perform emergency consular services as of May 12.  The US is the first named "unfriendly" nation.  The final list of "unfriendly" nations has not been made public but it is expected to also include the UK and Canada.
 
We are sorry that Russian citizens will lose their jobs.  We have been grateful to them for their work with US consular services.  Their local knowledge and connections developed over decades provided continuity and behind-the-scenes support to enable the work to happen.  They are irreplaceable.  Literally, in this case, since the Russian government now prohibits it.
 
This obviously creates concern for our family.  One - and potentially three - of the nations who have been supporting Paul will need to drastically reduce consular support.  The Russian government's termination of its observation of the Open Lands memorandum will make visiting American citizens that much more difficult.  Despite their best intentions, consular staff will have limited options.
 
The near future for Paul looks grim.  The longer it takes for government relief and aid towards his release, the more Paul will be isolated from support, far from home.  We hope President Biden's second 100 days see some positive action towards effecting Paul's release.
 
[ Russian law prohibiting hiring of Russians by "unfriendly" nation diplomatic missions: 

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  42. Day 298 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update October 22, 2019 - House Resolution H.Res.552 passes
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  49. Day 217 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update August 1 - Foreign Minister Lavrov's wish list
  50. Day 200 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update July 1 - Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov's comments
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  58. Day 129 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 6, 2019 - attempts to coerce false confession
  59. Day 80 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 18, 2019 - call with DAS King
  60. Day 78 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 16, 2019 - Congress tweets
  61. Day 62 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 28, 2019 - FSB isolates Paul
  62. Day 56 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 22, 2019 - Extension of detention by 3 months
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  65. Day 29 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 25, 2019 - 5 consular visits
  66. Day 26 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 22, 2019 - Bail Hearing
  67. Day 25 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 21, 2019 - gofundme campaign started
  68. Day 21 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 17, 2019 - Pompeo speaks to Freeland
  69. Day 19 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 15, 2019 - still no Privacy Act Waiver
  70. Day 18 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 14, 2019 - lack of information from MFA
  71. Day 20 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 16, 2019 - Irish Embassy visits Paul
  72. Day 15 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 11, 2019 - Ambassador Huntsman calls family
  73. Day 12 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 8, 2019 - consular meeting requests
  74. Day 11 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 7, 2019 - family talks to embassies
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