Russian consul meets Roman Seleznyov at Guam prison

The Russian consul in San Francisco has met with the son of State Duma member Valery Seleznyov (Liberal Democratic Party), Roman Seleznyov, who is held at a prison on the Guam Island on the charges of illegal transactions with credit cards.

The Russian consul in San Francisco has met with the son of State Duma member Valery Seleznyov (Liberal Democratic Party), Roman Seleznyov, who is held at a prison on the Guam Island on the charges of illegal transactions with credit cards.

"We held a meeting with my son in prison, so far there is no other information," Seleznyov Sr. told Interfax on Monday.

Earlier the parliamentarian said the arrested Russian citizen was held in a damp cell, on a concrete floor, with no blanket and essential hygienic items.

"It is very cold there at night, the cells are damp, and he asks, through his lawyers, for at least some warm clothing or blanket to be given, because he is kept on the concrete floor," Seleznyov Sr. told Interfax on Saturday.

He said this was a way to force his son to make confession about something he was not involved in.

Asked whether Roman is allowed to speak to his relatives on a cell phone, the Duma deputy said: "He has no basic hygienic items there, let along communication."

He said that the U.S. bailiffs' service guaranteed that Roman would be provided with the necessary medications and medical aid.

Seleznyov Jr. was held by U.S. intelligence agents at the international airport in Male, the capital of the Republic of the Maldives, on July 5 on charges of illegal transactions with credit cards. On the same day, a private airline's airplane flew him to the Guam Island which hosts a U.S. military base. This was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen said his country's authorities acted on their own during the arrest, and the U.S. have nothing to do with this operation. "The government has the necessary documents to prove this," Yameen said.

On July 11 the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Moscow continues to demand from Washington Seleznyov Jr.'s immediate release.

The name of Roman Seleznyov became widely known three years ago, in 2011, when he, a student in Morocco, was hurt in a terrorist attack at a cafe in Marrakesh; his head and hands were injured. The attack killed 16 people and injured 23. Seleznyov Jr. underwent a surgery in Moscow; he remained in serious but stable condition.

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