Day 1966 - Paul Whelan - IK-17 Mordovia Russia - May 16, 2024 - UK Consular visit

Paul Whelan has been held hostage by Russia for 1,966 days [5/16/2024]. Two days ago, he was visited at IK-17 by consular staff from the UK Embassy in Moscow. [5/14/2024] They said he appeared well and his morale seemed positive.

We are glad that they were able to see Paul and, once again, provide first-hand feedback about his physical and mental condition. They brought a map of Canada for Paul, provided by the Canadian Embassy, but the warden refused to allow it to be given to Paul. UK consular staff also pressed the warden to allow Paul to have the books that were delivered to the prison on January 3d, 2024, from a Moscow bookstore and that have been withheld from Paul ever since. His mail also continues to be withheld. This is standard abuse, not new or caused by any specific event.

On May 11, I sent an email to the prison, the ombudsman for Mordovia, and Paul's lawyer about the books and the violation of prison regulations. The prison email address is no longer responsive, the prison website is no longer accessible (perhaps limited to Russia), so we no longer have any way to reach them directly with concerns. It echoes the move of the Public Monitoring Committee of Mordovia off their own website and onto VK, closing off channels of communication. Paul is, unfortunately, even more isolated now.

Sometimes stories slip through that show just how pettily stingy life in the prison is. Paul told our parents that someone had sent eggs for the prisoners, intended as an Easter gift. But the prison warden intercepted them and prisoners had to buy the eggs from the prison commissary. Paul bought one. [dw: Russian Easter was May 5. I'm not sure if this was a candy Easter egg or a chicken's egg, the latter of which have been in short supply in Russia]

We appreciate the effort the UK staff has made and their continued engagement on Paul's behalf. It is not hard to imagine how difficult it is to get the Ministry of Foreign Affairs approval for a trip to the prison. The consular visit is a reminder to Paul, and to the Russian government, that the UK continues to keep an eye on Paul and remains in close communication and coordination with the US on securing his release from this unjust imprisonment.

 

 
 

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  127. Day 217 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update August 1 - Foreign Minister Lavrov's wish list
  128. Day 200 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update July 1 - Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov's comments
  129. Day 182 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 28 - G20 summit
  130. Day 173 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 19 - Ambassador Bolton meeting
  131. Day 168 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 14 - FSB investigator angry at Paul
  132. Day 160 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update June 6 - FSB breaking Russian laws
  133. Day 151 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 28, 2019 - Detention extended another 3 months
  134. Day 145 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 22, 2019 - citizen unjustly held abroad
  135. Day 129 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update May 6, 2019 - attempts to coerce false confession
  136. Day 101 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update April 8, 2019 - no SPEHA for Paul
  137. Day 80 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 18, 2019 - call with DAS King
  138. Day 78 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update March 16, 2019 - Congress tweets
  139. Day 62 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 28, 2019 - FSB isolates Paul
  140. Day 56 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 22, 2019 - Extension of detention by 3 months
  141. Day 53 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 19, 2019 - lawyer Zherebenkov meeting
  142. Day 40 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Feb 6, 2019 - still no Power of Attorney
  143. Day 29 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 25, 2019 - 5 consular visits
  144. Day 26 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 22, 2019 - Bail Hearing
  145. Day 25 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 21, 2019 - gofundme campaign started
  146. Day 21 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 17, 2019 - Pompeo speaks to Freeland
  147. Day 20 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 16, 2019 - Irish Embassy visits Paul
  148. Day 19 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 15, 2019 - still no Privacy Act Waiver
  149. Day 18 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 14, 2019 - lack of information from MFA
  150. Day 15 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 11, 2019 - Ambassador Huntsman calls family
  151. Day 12 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 8, 2019 - consular meeting requests
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  153. Day 08 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 4, 2019 - need Congress and State Dept help
  154. Day 05 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 1, 2019 - our brother arrested by FSB