The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate of the United States Congress during a meeting on Tuesday adopted resolutions calling for the release of Americans convicted in the Russian Federation, Paul Whelan, and Trevor Reed.
вЂњWe are proud to announce that the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has just approved resolutions calling for the release of Trevor Reed and Paul Whelan. As US President Joe Biden said last week, the US authorities will not stop fighting for their freedom, " the committee said on Twitter.
These resolutions will now have to be considered by the upper house of the full American legislature.
Resolutions of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which are adopted separately in each House of Congress, have no legal force and are of a recommendatory nature. Thus, the legislators express their position on a particular issue, and the executive branch of government has the right to ignore such documents.
Whelan, who is a citizen of the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, was detained by the FSB of Russia in a room of the hotel вЂњMetropolвЂќ in Moscow during the espionage campaign on December 28, 2018. The investigative department of the FSB of Russia opened a criminal case against him under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (вЂњEspionageвЂќ). The Moscow City Court found him guilty and sentenced him to 16 years in a high-security penal colony.
A student from the United States, Reed, was last year sentenced to 9 years in prison for attacking police officers in Moscow. According to the investigation, in August 2019, Reed attacked police officers who arrived after calling the residents of the house on the Leningrad Highway. They complained about an intoxicated man who had an argument with several women. When the foreigner in the car was taken to the police station, he attacked the driver and his partner.