Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was released as part of a prisoner swap for American citizen Trevor Reed, has returned "home to his family," Russia said Wednesday.
The prisoner swap for Reed and Yaroshenko occurred in Turkey, Reed’s parents told CNN Wednesday.
“The return to the homeland of Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was illegally sentenced in 2010 by an American court to 20 years in prison, is the result of a long-term coordinated work of interested Russian departments,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Yaroshenko is a Russian pilot who had been detained in Liberia by undercover US Drug Enforcement Administration agents on May 28, 2010, and brought to the US, according to Russian state news agency TASS.
US DEA agents ostensibly obtained evidence Yaroshenko had criminal intent to transport a large batch of cocaine, according to TASS. He had been serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.
“We will continue to make every effort to free all Russians who have fallen into the millstones of punitive American justice, to protect their rights and ensure an unhindered return to Russia,” the Russian foreign ministry added.