The State Department asked Russia to release ex-diplomat Vogel

Video frame detentions Mark Fogel at customs at the airport “Sheremetyevo”. Archive photo

The US state Department asked the Russian authorities to release the convicted former employee of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow Mark Vogel in connection with the state of his health, reports CNN, citing family and the lawyer of the ex-diplomat.

“His legal team believes that the request was made on the basis of age and physical health Vogel. The state Department didn’t provide further details in this regard”, – stated in the message.

Vogel, who is 61 years old, together with his wife in August 2021 was detained at the airport “Sheremetyevo” on arrival from new York, found in the Luggage marijuana and hash oil. During the searches, investigators found that the wife of the American released, could before the arrival of security forces to get rid of the evidence in the apartment.

While relatives of Fogel told the TV station that the man is suffering from chronic back pain, and provedennye across the border drug substances was necessary for medical reasons.

“We call on Russia to provide appropriate medical care to all detainees to U.S. citizens. The state Department continues to investigate the circumstances of the detention of American citizens abroad, including in Russia, on the subject of whether these detentions are illegal,” said CNN state Department spokesman.

In Russia, a former employee of the American Embassy was accused of smuggling and possession of drugs in especially large size. In mid-June Khimki Moscow region court sentenced him to 14 years in a strict regime colony.

The interior Ministry also said that until may 2021 Vogel and his wife had diplomatic status. According to one version, the helper can use it for a pipeline exports to Russia of drugs for distribution among the students of the Anglo-American school, where he worked as a teacher.