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The Daily BeastMay 23, 2022
Trevor Reed on How a Drunken Night Turned Into 985 Days in a Medieval Russian Prison
Tatyana Makeyeva/ReutersTrevor Reed, the U.S. Marine-turned-Russian prisoner, said he decided to give up hope while he was put in solitary confinement in a psychiatric ward splattered with blood from inmates who killed themselves—or who had been killed by others.

Reed—who was sentenced to nine years of labor for crimes not clearly defined, but that allegedly occurred after a night of imbibing Russian vodka with his girlfriend—said he was put in isolation and psych wards after refusing to work on what he called a "medieval" prison work camp.

Hope, he said in interviews with CNN's Jake Tapper and ABC Good Morning America, could prove too disappointing. "And a lot of people are not going to like what I'm gonna say about this, but I kind of viewed their having hope as being a weakness," he told Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday night. "So, I did not want to have that hope of, like, me, you know, being released somehow and then have that taken from me."

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