A U.S. citizen in a Russian prison is protesting against solitary confinement and lack of medical care.

Trevor Reed, a U.S. citizen and former Marine who is incarcerated in a Russian prison in Mordovia, has gone on a hunger strike to protest his detention in solitary confinement and lack of proper medical care. Reed fears he has tuberculosis. Reed’s parents announced about his the hunger strike on Wednesday, referring to his lawyer.

According to the information available to the parents, in December last year, Reed was in contact with a prisoner with tuberculosis in an active form. When Reed’s health deteriorated greatly, he was not examined for tuberculosis. He spent ten days in the prison hospital without receiving “substantial medical care there, except for an X-ray, which was done incorrectly.”

After that, he was returned to solitary confinement.

Reed’s lawyer confirmed that his client had started a hunger strike.

A 30-year-old Texan is serving a nine-year prison sentence in Mordovia. In July 2020, a Russian court sentenced him to 9 years in a penal colony in the case of an attack on police officers in Moscow in the summer of 2019.

In court, Reed denied the charges against him. He and his family insist that the case is politically motivated.

The U.S. called Reed’s trial a “theater of the absurd.”

Reed had already declared a hunger strike in November 2021, but stopped it due to the deterioration of his health.