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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

American Prisoner

WASHINGTON — The United States has protested to Russia that Moscow prison authorities failed to provide adequate medical attention to an American who died in jail July 31, the State Department said Friday.

A State Department official named the U.S. citizen who died as Yefim Skur-ko-vich but gave no personal details.

"We raised our concerns about Mr. Skurkovich’s medical condition repeatedly with prison authorities and senior Russian government officials. We are angered by the failure of the Russian authorities to provide adequate medical attention to this U.S. citizen," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

The official said the case showed how urgent it was that the Russians agree to let an independent doctor visit suspected American spy Edmund Pope, who has been in custody in Moscow since April.

The United States complained bitterly Thursday that Russia had again refused to allow a U.S. Embassy doctor to visit Pope in jail.

Pope is in remission from a rare form of bone cancer, and a State Department official said his health has sharply deteriorated since his arrest.