Russian pilots jailed in US to be moved to another cell, wife says

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, February 21. /TASS/. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the in the Danbury prison in Connecticut, USA, will be moved to another cell, his wife Viktoria told TASS.

The media said earlier the Russian Consulate in New York was verifying reports that the Russian pilot was not getting medical treatment.

According to Viktoria Yaroshenko, Konstantin “will not request to be transferred [to another prison] just now.”

“He said they would move him to another cell,” she noted, adding that incarceration conditions were expected to be better there.

Yaroshenko case

Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in May 2010, and was later clandestinely transferred to the United States. In September 2011, he was found guilty of conspiring to smuggle a major cocaine shipment into the US, and sentenced to 20 years behind bars. However, Yaroshenko pleaded not guilty, saying that his arrest was a setup and the case was fabricated.

The Russian was first sent to the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution, but in mid-June, 2018, he was first transferred to a transit prison in Brooklyn, New York, and then to the Danbury prison, which holds more than 1,400 inmates.

Russian officials and the pilot’s family have on numerous occasions requested that Washington extradite him to Russia.

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