WASHINGTON, December 2 (Itar-Tass) —— A Russian citizen Gleb Baronov, who was detained in the United States for unclear reasons on November 17 and was being kept in custody, is coming back to the homeland. He departed for Moscow by a regular Aeroflot flight on Thursday, a source in the Aeroflot office told Itar-Tass.
Baronov arrived in the US capital by the same flight two weeks ago. However, the friends, which arrived to welcome him, did not find him at the airport. It turned out later that the Russian citizen was detained by US authorities during the passport controls. At first he was brought to the district prison from the airport in a one-hour drive from Washington and then to a more remote immigration detention centre.
Baronov’s acquaintances said that the latter was detained due to some misunderstanding with an immigration service officer rather than some major claims to the Russian citizen. At the prison he was considered as an prisoner accused of violation of the immigration rules. The US lawyer, which he hired later, refused to discuss the detention with Itar-Tass at the beginning of this week, believing that this is detrimental to her client.
Russian specialists, who dealt with Baronov’s fate, believe that he was just unlucky. Aeroflot makes only one weekly flight to Washington, accompaniers were needed for a trip to New York and the departure from there. The US legal authorities did not want to spend time and money for this. Meanwhile, the Aeroflot flight fell on the US Thanksgiving Day, and no officer was found at the prison to bring the prisoner to the airport.
Meanwhile, no one recalled about Baronov’s civil rights and guarantees that a similar incident will not recur with any Russian citizen in the US. For its part, Aeroflot initially claimed that the US visa of the Russian citizen was valid.