Moscow to exchange US citizens for jailed Russian Pilot Yaroshenko who flew to Liberia 2010 conducting a sting operation across West Africa

Jailed Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko
Jailed Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko

The Russian government has announced it is prepared to exchange the US citizens, according to reports from Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing government documents.

“Moscow proposed to the United States to exchange several US citizens sentenced to prison in Russia for the convicted Russian national [Yaroshenko],” Izvestia reports, citing the Kremlin. “

At the moment there are 13 [such citizens], three of them, including US citizen Gennady Klotsman, sentenced to 10 years in Russian prison in December 2011, applied for transfer to the United States in accordance with the Convention of the Council of Europe of 1983.”

Yaroshenko’s Attorney to Seek ‘Reconsideration’ After US Court Upholds Conviction.

Washington has not been informed of Moscow’s intentions, but the US State Department, Justice Department, nor Bureau of Prisons has responded at this time.

The US government detained Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko in Liberia in 2010 after conducting a sting operation across West Africa, and transferred the Russian pilot to the United States. He was was sentenced to 20 years on charges of drug smuggling. Yaroshenko maintains that the case against him was fabricated.

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against the pilot’s appeal in April.

“This is deeply regretful and surprising because we know for certain that his lawyers have gathered convincing evidence pointing out serious violations in Yaroshenko’s case,” Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said at the time. Culled from

 

 

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.