Paul N. Whelan, the previous U.S. Marine sentenced in Russia to 16 years in jail on espionage prices, has not been in a position to contact his household or the U.S. Embassy since July 4, and relations and members of Congress are more and more involved about his well-being.

“He’s not been heard from,” stated Consultant Haley Stevens, Democrat of Michigan who represents Mr. Whelan, stated in an interview. “We haven’t heard from him, or actually been in a position to discuss to him because the starting of July.”

Ms. Stevens and members of the family of each Mr. Whelan and Trevor Reed, another former Marine sentenced to prison in Russia, are set to carry a information convention to speak concerning the jail circumstances and push for new congressional resolutions calling for their release.

Talking in entrance of the Capitol on Thursday, Ms. Stevens stated Mr. Whelan was being made to work six days every week at a jail garment manufacturing unit, injuring his arm, and has been held by Russia for 944 days.

“That’s 944 days he has been away from his mates, his household,” Ms. Stevens stated on the information convention. “It’s 944 days too lengthy.”

In early June, Mr. Whelan did an interview with CNN, after which Russian authorities restricted his entry to cellphones, although he was nonetheless allowed to name his household. President Biden raised the cases of Mr. Whelan, 51, and Mr. Reed, 30, throughout his June summit with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Mr. Whelan made a name to his mother and father in early July after which a second on July 4.

“At the moment he stated, ‘If you happen to don’t hear from me tomorrow there’s been some bother,’” stated Elizabeth Whelan, his sister, in an interview.

Since then neither the U.S. Embassy in Moscow nor Mr. Whelan’s mother and father have been in a position to contact him, Ms. Whelan stated.

Joey Reed, Mr. Reed’s father, stated Thursday that his son had been affected by Covid and that he had not heard from him for greater than two weeks. “We’re very involved about his well being,” he stated. “Each our households are involved that Paul and Trevor would possibly die in a Russian jail due to the poor circumstances and lack of medical care.”

The evidence against Mr. Whelan is thin, and nothing offered by the Russian prosecutors has satisfied American officers that he was engaged in spying on Russia.

Mr. Whelan was arrested in late 2018 and after his sentencing last year, he was positioned in IK-17 work camp in Mordovia, about eight hours from Moscow.

Ms. Whelan stated that they assume her brother has been returned to the camp after being moved to a hospital for remedy of an arm harm. However Ms. Stevens stated it was not clear the place the Russians have been holding him now. She additionally stated that he had been put in solitary confinement.

Ms. Stevens, the congresswoman, stated: “The fact is there’s been no contact with him. That is reaching one other pivotal second.”

Congress handed a decision on Mr. Whelan in 2019, however a brand new measure is so as, Ms. Stevens stated. She added {that a} vote would hardly drive Mr. Whelan’s launch however it could exhibit bipartisan opposition to Moscow’s techniques and get “beneath the Russian pores and skin.”

Consultant August Pfluger, the Texas Republican who represents the district the place Mr. Reed is from, referred to as on Mr. Biden to extend the strain on Russia.

“We is not going to compromise till we deliver Trevor and Paul dwelling,” he stated. “We is not going to tolerate Americans being unlawfully held by the Putin regime.”

Ms. Stevens stated that Moscow was attempting to make use of Mr. Whelan and Mr. Reed for its personal benefit.

“People completely can’t be used as political pawns for different international locations, interval, finish of story, not acceptable,” she stated. “That is the Russians engaged at the hours of darkness arts of political interference. I feel that that is a part of an try and toy with the inside psychology of our political construction.”