Paul's family is disappointed that his detention in a Russian jail will continue but we were not surprised the court denied bail. While we still lack any details from the Russian government about why Paul is thought to be a spy, and who provided him with the alleged state secrets, we are certain that he was entrapped and is not guilty of espionage. We have not had any information about a USB drive, what was on it, or how it might have materialized in Paul's possession. Unfortunately, today's ruling merely confirms that Paul will remain wrongfully detained for many more months. We are attempting to support his legal defense with a GoFundMe campaign, but we remain focused on bringing him home, even before the legal process has concluded.
Paul was able to let us know that he is worried about some health conditions and his ability to communicate with prison medical staff. He is also concerned about translator support and his ability to present his defense in English. The Russian government's continued frustration of efforts by the UK to meet with Paul, and their cancellation of the US consular visit last week, raise additional concerns. We have learned that the Canadian consular staff are scheduled to visit with Paul on Thursday [1/24/2019]. We hope that it will occur.
It is clear to our family that only government action will return Paul to his family any time soon. We know that the consular efforts of the US, Canada, Ireland, and UK will help keep us aware of Paul's health and ensure his rights are respected. But we hope additional steps will be taken to bring him home.