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Russian pilot Yaroshenko signs formal agreement to be extradited to Russia — lawyer

September 27, 6:01 UTC+3 NEW YORK
Pilot Yaroshenko was sentenced in 2011 to 20 years in prison in the US for allegedly intending to smuggle cocaine
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Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko

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NEW YORK, September 27. /TASS/. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko’s lawyer Alexey Tarasov has signed a document on the request of US authorities that formally confirms agreement to extradite Yaroshenko to Russia in accordance with the Strasbourg Convention.

"Earlier in September, Konstantin Yaroshenko was in fact asked to sign the document with his agreement to return to the Russian Federation, which he did," Tarasov told TASS on Tuesday. "We are talking about a standard form in prisons. In accordance with it, the prisoner provides his agreement to transfer," the lawyer said adding that Yaroshenko was always ready to return to Russia.

Pilot Yaroshenko was arrested in 2010 in Liberia and then taken to the United States. He was sentenced in 2011 to 20 years in prison in the US for allegedly intending to smuggle cocaine. The Russian is serving his sentence in the Fort Dix prison in the state of New Jersey.

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