[Paul Whelan] US Government Offer to Russian Government

David Whelan davidpwhelan at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 14:57:46 EDT 2022

Like you, we are learning more today about the US governments attempts to
secure Paul, and Brittney Griner's, release from wrongful detention by the
Russian government.  Our family appreciates the Biden Administration
seeking Paul's release using the resources it has available.  We hope the
Russian government responds to the U.S. government and accepts this or some
other concession that enables Paul to come home to his family.  Hopefully
no other American will be wrongfully held by the Russian government in the

The sooner the better.  Paul has let our parents know that about 10
prisoners have left IK-17 to go and serve on the front lines of the war in
Ukraine.  Hopefully the Russian military sticks to volunteers and not press
gangs.  Paul also mentioned that all time-pieces have been confiscated.
Wall clocks have been removed, prisoners' watches have been removed and
placed in storage.  He's still required to check in, as a "flight risk",
every hour and is no longer certain how to do that.  I've emailed a member
of the Public Monitoring Commission about why a prison would remove
time-pieces but have not heard back.

I apologize in advance but neither I nor Elizabeth is available for media
today.  We are both doing our day jobs and are unable to reschedule to
accommodate this surprise revelation.  I'll follow up as soon as I'm able
and appreciate your patience.

Thank you for continuing to follow Paul's case.  Best, David.

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