Marine Trevor Reed, 30, 'is coughing up blood but is being refused TB tests' in Russian prison


Family of US Marine Trevor Reed locked up in a Russian prison say he is coughing up blood and has been refused medical treatment after being exposed to tuberculosis: Parents request meeting with Biden as tensions between US and Moscow worsen

  • Trevor Reed, 30, is reportedly ‘coughing up blood’ and being denied medical care after he was exposed to another prisoner with the disease, his parents say
  • ‘He sounded terrible and had been coughing up blood daily,’ Reed’s mother, Paula, told WFAA over the weekend in an interview from her Texas home  
  • ‘We want to get him home before something really bad happens to him,’ she said
  • ‘We were so surprised to hear from him,’ Joey Reed told the network of the call, ‘It was 3 a.m. in the morning, and we talked for roughly 15 to 20 minutes’  
  • Reed, 30, was handed a nine-year prison sentence in July 2019 after allegedly assaulting two Russian police officers while drunk
  • The family is now requesting an audience with Joe Biden – who has called getting Reed home a ‘priority’ – ahead of his planned visit to Fort Worth Tuesday 


Trevor Reed, a US Marine currently serving a sentence in Russian prison for the alleged assault of two Moscow cops in 2019, is reportedly ‘coughing up blood’ and  being denied medical care for tuberculosis after he was exposed to another prisoner with the disease, his parents say.  

‘He sounded terrible and had been coughing up blood daily,’ Reed’s mother, Paula, told WFAA over the weekend in an interview from her and her husband’s Texas home, after receiving a call from her son early Saturday – the first in nearly eight months. 

‘We want to get him home before something really bad happens to him,’ she told the network, with her husband at her side. 

Reed, 30, was handed a nine-year prison sentence in July 2019 after allegedly assaulting two Russian police officers while drunk. 

‘We were so surprised to hear from him,’ Joey Reed told the network of the call.

‘It was 3 a.m. in the morning, and we talked for roughly 15 to 20 minutes.’  

Trevor Reed, a US Marine currently serving a sentence in Russian prison for the alleged assault of two Moscow cops in 2019, is reportedly 'coughing up blood' and being denied medical care for tuberculosis after he was exposed to another prisoner with the disease, his parents say.

Trevor Reed, a US Marine currently serving a sentence in Russian prison for the alleged assault of two Moscow cops in 2019, is reportedly ‘coughing up blood’ and being denied medical care for tuberculosis after he was exposed to another prisoner with the disease, his parents say.

'He sounded terrible and had been coughing up blood daily,' Reed's mother, Paula (at left), said in a sit-down interview with her husband, Joey (at right), and Reed's sister, Taylor, from their Texas home, after receiving a call from Reed early Saturday - the first in nearly eight months

‘He sounded terrible and had been coughing up blood daily,’ Reed’s mother, Paula (at left), said in a sit-down interview with her husband, Joey (at right), and Reed’s sister, Taylor, from their Texas home, after receiving a call from Reed early Saturday – the first in nearly eight months

Prior to the call, the pair had not heard from their son for 232 days, after he had been transferred from detention center in Moscow to a penal colony 217 miles east in Mordovia following a failed appeal in the case, which saw Reed handed a nine year sentence.

Last month, US embassy officials revealed that Reed, who went on a six-day hunger strike in November to protest his treatment by Russian authorities, ‘had prolonged exposure to another prisoner with active tuberculosis’ in December.    

‘Trevor now reports he is coughing up blood and has not received medical care for it,’ US Embassy spokesperson Jason P. Rebholz revealed at the time, in a tweet posted February 16 that demanded the Kremlin ‘give Trevor proper medical treatment,’ and ‘better yet, release him.’   

Reed, 30, was handed a nine-year prison sentence in July 2019 after allegedly assaulting two Russian police officers while drunk. Here he is pictured in Moscow prison in 2019. He has since been transferred to a penal colony more than 200 miles east in Mordovia

Reed, 30, was handed a nine-year prison sentence in July 2019 after allegedly assaulting two Russian police officers while drunk. Here he is pictured in Moscow prison in 2019. He has since been transferred to a penal colony more than 200 miles east in Mordovia 

Reed’s family adds that the prison camp – one of five in the region – hasn’t allowed their son direct communications with them or his attorneys for weeks. 

They also revealed that Reed had spent time in solitary confinement for refusing to do hard labor. 

The family is now requesting an audience with President Joe Biden – who has called getting Reed home a ‘priority’ – this week, ahead of his planned visit to Fort Worth Tuesday, as tensions between the US and Moscow continue to mount amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

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