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Families seek Americans’ release ahead of Biden-Putin summit

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The families of two former U.S. Marines being held in Russia pressed for their release ahead of Wednesday’s summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who separately opened the door to a possible exchange. Washington has protested the detention of both Trevor Reed and Paul Whelan, and repeatedly demanded their release. Both Americans have denied the charges against them. Whelan was convicted in June 2020 of spying and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Reed was sentenced in July 2020 to nine years after being convicted of endangering two R…

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