Trevor Reed, 30, was sentenced to nine years in prison in July 2020 by a Moscow court for endangering the "life and health" of Russian police officers in an altercation after a night of drinking. He and his family have denied the charges.

American citizen Trevor Reed has been on a nearly weeklong hunger strike to protest his detainment in Russia and the “numerous and flagrant violations” of his human rights by Russian authorities, CNN reports, citing Reed’s family.

“We have received a report from an attorney that Trevor has begun a hunger strike to protest his arbitrary detention and Russian authorities’ numerous and flagrant violations of his basic human rights and his rights under Russian law,” Reed’s parents, Joey and Paula, and sister Taylor said in a statement Monday.
“While we are immensely proud of our son’s strength of character, we are also extremely worried about his health,” they said.
The Reed family said their concern is “magnified by Russian authorities’ decision to hold Trevor incommunicado,” making it “impossible” for them or the US Embassy to monitor his health.

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