MOSCOW, 5 July. /TASS/. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, sentenced to 20 years in prison, appealed to the President of the United States Donald Trump asking for the return of the native, wrote in a Wednesday newspaper “Izvestia”, citing Yaroshenko.
According to the newspaper, the letter was delivered to the White house through the Russian Embassy in Washington on 4 July. “It is an appeal to Donald Trump is my last chance to return to Russia in his right mind. I hope the US President will show humanity and mercy and will be able to transfer me to the Russian authorities,” – said Yaroshenko.
In the letter, the text of which was read by the newspaper, the Russian said about the difficulties which might arise because of the language barrier – in particular, he does not understand the orders of the overseers, and cannot explain their health problems. Also Yaroshenko wrote about the suffering from the separation from family and sorrow for his mother, who died in may this year. “Hold only thoughts of his wife and daughter. If I die in prison, they can’t take that kind of blow,” he wrote.
The wife and daughter of a Russian citizen also addressed Trump a letter asking for clemency, highlighting the possible role of liberation in the relationship between Russia and the United States. Earlier, the appeal for pardon Yaroshenko to the President of the United States was signed by the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova. Official representatives of the Russian authorities and the family of the pilot has repeatedly appealed to US with the request to extradite Yaroshenko.
The Russian was sentenced on 7 September 2011 to 20 years in prison. In the US it was brought from Liberia, where he was arrested on may 28, 2010. Acting under the cover of American agents of the Federal Directorate for combating drug trafficking allegedly caught him in criminal intent on the transportation of large quantities of cocaine. Yaroshenko is serving a sentence in prison Fort Dix in new Jersey.