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Christopher Miller+ Your Authors @ChristopherJM Correspondent for @BuzzFeedNews, focus on Eastern Europe, US NatSec & foreign policy. 10+ years in Ukraine. Email/DM for Signal. [email protected] Sep. 15, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

NEW: First comments from @StateDept diplomat & wife of Vitali Shkliarov, the political strategist who worked for Sanders & Obama & is currently languishing in a Minsk jail. Heather Shkliarov says he's been "subjected to extreme psychological pressure." 

Heather Shkliarov says Vitali Shkliarov's health is in immediate danger. Last week he began "feeling extremely ill" and has had a fever of over 102 degrees, "along with respiratory issues, chills, and muscle pains." Fear is he may have COVID-19. He isn't being allowed treatment.

There are also many new details about Vitali Shkliarov's movements and arrest and the conditions in which he is being held by authorities in Belarus. He faces years in prison on charges he says are bogus and politically motivated. 

Heather Shkliarov said her comments are her own and don't necessarily reflect US govt or State Dept. But they reflect feelings of some US diplomats who told me many are frustrated by lack of action from @SecPompeo in Vitali’s case. One called Pompeo's comments “run-of-the-mill.”

Lots more about Vitali Shkliarov's (@me_vitali) case after the jump. 

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