#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 02 – United States Minister-Counsellor Howard Solomon was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, April 2, to hear a protest over the situation concerning Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has been sentenced to a long prison term in the United States.
The Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human-rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov, who presented the protest, stressed that “the conditions in the prison where our fellow citizen is held remain a matter of serious concern to us”.
“We have received Yaroshenko’s letter addressed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which indicates that the Russian citizen is not getting proper medical care in connection with the serious ailments he has acquired as a result of tortures during the arrest in Liberia and the treatment in American penitentiary institutions which does not correspond to international standards,” the protest said.
Yaroshenko recently had a severe bout of an infection and viral disease, during which he felt a sharp pain in the heart, which has been recurring over and over again since then.
His requests for medical help were ignored by the prison administration.
US authorities agree to urgent medical examination of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko
MOSCOW, February 17, 22:19 – TASS – The American authorities have agreed to allow an urgent medical examination of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has been sentenced in the United States to a long prison on drug smuggling charges.
MOSCOW, September 30 – RAPSI. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was sentenced in the United States to 20 years in prison on charges of attempted narcotics smuggling, has appealed his sentence, according to the documents available to the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
The sentence was appealed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prosecutors maintain that Yaroshenko accepted U.S. agents’ proposal to carry four tonnes of cocaine from South America to Africa and on to the United States. He arrived to Liberia in May 2010 to discuss his fee with his Colombian partners. He was offered $4.5 million for cocaine transportation from Venezuela to Liberia and $1.8 million more for its delivery to Nigeria and Ghana, from where part of the drugs were to be taken to the United States.
According to the documents, prosecutors allege that the pilot agreed. He was then seized in a sting operation the same month and soon extradited to the United States.
Yaroshenko pleaded not guilty. However, the jury found him guilty in April. The court sentenced him to 20 years in prison in September.
Russia has expressed its concern over the sentence. The Foreign Ministry will seek Yaroshenko’s repatriation, ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said.
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