American Trevor Reed freed in prisoner swap with Russia

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Russia and the U.S. person swapped prisoners, securing the merchandise of erstwhile U.S. Marine Trevor Reed. Reed was jailed successful 2020 connected battle charges stemming from a drunken nighttime retired successful Moscow the erstwhile year. Russia's Foreign Ministry said helium was released aft a "lengthy dialog process" successful speech for Russian nationalist Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has been jailed for much than a decennary successful the U.S. connected cause smuggling charges. 

Reed's household released a connection confirming his release, saying their "prayers person been answered and Trevor is safely connected his mode backmost to the United States."

The White House released a connection successful which President Joe Biden said helium had informed the household of Reed's freedom. 

"We invited location Trevor Reed and observe his instrumentality to the household that missed him dearly," Mr. Biden said successful the statement. "I heard successful the voices of Trevor's parents however overmuch they've disquieted astir his wellness and missed his presence. And I was delighted to beryllium capable to stock with them the bully quality astir Trevor's freedom."

Trevor Reed Presser Paula Reed, the parent of erstwhile U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, who was sentenced to 9 years successful a Russian prison, speaks during a quality league extracurricular the U.S. Capitol to telephone for his release, September 16, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty

Mr. Biden thanked Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens and U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, among others, for their "tireless and dedicated work" to unafraid Reed's release. The president said the negotiations "required hard decisions" that helium did "not instrumentality lightly," and helium vowed that his medication would support moving to get different erstwhile U.S. Marine, Paul Whelan, and nonrecreational hoops player Brittney Griner out of Russian prisons, too.

Whelan has been jailed since 2018, serving a 16-year condemnation connected espionage charges that the U.S. and his household accidental are fabricated. Griner has been held successful Russia since mid-February connected cause charges.    

A U.S. authoritative told CBS News main overseas affairs analogous and "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan that the Wednesday captive swap was not immoderate denotation of broader diplomatic engagement with Russia amid the standoff implicit the war successful Ukraine.  

The Associated Press said Wednesday's captive swap was carried retired successful a European nation, with formation tracking services showing a Russian situation level landing successful Turkey's superior of Ankara earlier successful the day. The AP said the U.S. Bureau of Prisons had updated its website overnight to bespeak that Yaroshenko, a Russian aviator who was convicted of smuggling cocaine into the U.S. successful 2010 and sentenced to 20 years, was nary longer down bars. 

Yaroshenko's lawyer Alexei Tarasov was quoted by Russia's Interfax quality bureau arsenic saying that his lawsuit was "now heading home." 

Reed was sentenced to 9 years successful situation successful 2020 aft being convicted of assaulting 2 Russian constabulary officers. He ever maintained that helium had nary recollection of the incidental and pleaded not guilty. The U.S. authorities had raised concerns astir the fairness of his trial. 

Parents of erstwhile Marine plead for his merchandise from Russian prison 04:55

Only 2 weeks agone a Russian tribunal dismissed Reed's ineligible appeal against his condemnation and situation condemnation and sent the lawsuit down to a little court. The determination was lamented by U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, who said astatine the clip that Reed "remains successful situation for a transgression helium didn't commit."

Reed's household has voiced superior concerns for his heath, saying they judge helium contracted tuberculosis successful situation and that helium was not receiving due aesculapian attraction contempt Russia's situation work saying earlier successful April that helium had been transferred to a situation hospital.

In a connection released connected April 11, Reed's parents said they had managed to "re-establish indirect contact" with their lad aft not proceeding from him for astir a week.

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Tucker Reals

Tucker Reals is the CBSNews.com overseas editor, based astatine the CBS News London bureau.

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